Sam Howell Leads College Football America Yearbook’s 2021 Preseason Dream Team On O’Brien Watch List

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell leads the way for 2021 College Football America Yearbook Preseason Dream Team members selected to the 2021 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List.

Last season, Howell was a Manning Award finalist, an O’Brien award semifinalist and a Maxwell award semifinalist. The all-ACC Second Team selection led the ACC and ranked sixth nationally with 30 touchdown passes. In two seasons at UNC he’s thrown 68 touchdown passes, the most in ACC history in a player’s first two seasons. His 3,586 passing yards led the ACC.

In all, four players on the College Football America Yearbook Dream Team made the 2021 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, the award given to the best quarterback in college football.

The College Football America Yearbook Dream Team is the publication’s version of a major college All-America Team with a twist. Instead of picking a first team, second team and/or third team, the team is presented in the context of an actual Football Bowl Subdivision program, with the book’s publisher, Kendall Webb, selecting the team in the role as “head coach.” FBS teams are limited to 85 scholarships, and the College Football America Yearbook Dream Team is subject to these same constraints.

The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

The print edition is available online via and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble.

2021 Book links:

2021 College Football America Preseason Dream Team

Team Members Selected to Maxwell Watch List

Starting Lineup


Pos. Player, School, Class

QB Sam Howell, North Carolina, Jr.

Second String


Pos., Player, School, Class

QB D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson, So.


Pos., Player, School, Class

QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Sr.

QB Malik Willis, Liberty, Jr. 

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