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Matt Scott Snubbed for Davey O'Brien Award; Richard Morrison Named Player of the Week

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Despite ranking No. 5 in the FBS for completions per game and coming off his most prolific touchdown performance of the season, Arizona senior quarterback Matt Scott is not among the semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award. Scott at least has some elite company -- Oregon State's Sean Mannion was also left off the list, presumably the result of missing two games with torn meniscus. USC's Matt Barkley and Oregon's Marcus Mariota are the only Pac-12 Conference representatives in contention for the award, given to the nation's premiere quarterback.

Scott threw for four touchdowns in Saturday's 52-17 rout of Washington to bring his season total to 17. The Wildcat redshirt senior is No. 5 among FBS quarterbacks in completions per game with 28.6, completing 64.3 percent of his attempts and his 2355 yards are among the nation's best. To wit, West Virginia's Geno Smith has accrued just 59 yards more.

Scott has also flourished with his feet, rushing for 265 yards and three touchdowns. He hasn't exactly been Collin Klein -- the Kansas State quarterback and clear front runner for the award has 14 rushing touchdown to complement his 10 through the air.

However, Scott has been more dual threat than O'Brien Award semifinalist and former Rich Rodriguez protege Denard Robinson, who has 600 yards rushing but has thrown as many interceptions (9) as touchdowns.

Another Wildcat did receive some recognition this week, though. Wide receiver Richard Morrison was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance Saturday against Washington.

Morrison returned a Husky punt 63 yards for a touchdown in the decisive third quarter.