"This is a great honor for Darian," said head coach John Bunting. "He's a magician with the ball sometimes, but what I like most about Darian Durant is his competitiveness and the way he wants to win. He's gotten better each and every year. That's why he can be the best quarterback in this conference and one of the very best in the country."
In the ACC career record book, Durant enters the season 10th in touchdown passes (51), 13th in career pass efficiency (137.3), 14th in total offense (7,204 yards) and 16th in passing yards (6,517 yards). Durant is also Carolina's single-season record-holder in passing yards, total offense and touchdowns. He enters the season with 47 Carolina records to his credit.
The O'Brien Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the country for college quarterbacks and is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for TCU who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.
Semifinalists will be announced in early November and narrowed to three finalists later in that month by the O'Brien National Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of nationally known sportswriters, commentators and other members of the media. The winner of the 2004 O'Brien Award will be announced Dec. 9 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. The winner will be honored at the 28th Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2005, at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.