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Stanford's Luck named to another honor list

Cardinal quarterback among preseason list for Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award

As long as preseason candidates for postseason honors are being selected, Stanford sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck is going to be on a lot of lists.

Luck was named to his second of the preseason on Monday when he was one of five sophomores named to the 30-player watch list for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award.

Luck, who led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency last year, is one of four Pac-10 signal callers on the list, joining Arizona's Nick Foles, Washington's Jake Locker and USC's Matt Barkley.

Three finalists will be announced November 22 with the winner announced during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on December 9, the same awards show, Stanford running back Toby Gerhart was named the Doak Walker award winner for the nation's top running back in 2009.

Davey O'Brien, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame (1955) and the Heisman Trophy winner in 1938, led TCU to its first undefeated season following a win in the Sugar Bowl. He is the only football player to be awarded the Heisman, Walter Camp and Maxwell awards in the same season. O'Brien succumbed to cancer in 1977, where the Southwest Conference's annual award was named for O'Brien. It became the national award in 1981.

Diving

Former walk-on diver Carmen Stellar was awarded with the first annual College Swimming Honor for "Career Improvement-Diving" for her accomplishments throughout her four-year varsity career.

The awards, an accumulation of accomplishments for the men's and women's swimming, is the brain child of Navy coach Bill Roberts, who compiled nominations for Career Improvement, Break-Out Swimmer, Break-Out Diver, Break-Out Team and Most Exciting Dual Meet.

Stellar, who finished her career this past season, walked on to the team as a freshman, finishing as high as No. 12 in the one-meter at the Pac-10 Championships in 2007. She got closer to the NCAAs as a sophomore, finishing in the top-16 at Zones in 2008.

Stellar then had a breakout season in 2008-09, winning the Pac-10 Championship in the platform, twice being awarded the Pac-10's Diver of the Month honor and finishing her season 14th in the platform at the NCAAs, earning All-America honors.

As a senior, she closed out her career fourth in the platform and three-meter at the conference championships.

Also recognized, but not awarded the top honor, were: the women's swim team for its second place national finish, the Stanford men's team and its last race, dual-meet victory over California as one of the year's "Most Exciting Meets", and sophomore Chad La Tourette as one of the nation's "Breakout Swimmers."

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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