Among those recognized by the Unitas Award, presented by a foundation named for the former Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer, are Brandon Harris, a graduate transfer from LSU who has yet to take a snap for North Carolina, NC State's Ryan Finley and Appalachian State's Taylor Lamb.
Bentley, a 6-3, 220-pound sophomore from Opelika, Ala., is the incumbent at quarterback after starting each of the final seven games of the 2016 campaign.
Francois was previously named to the Maxwell Award watch list and hopes to join FSU greats Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke and Jameis Winston among Davey O'Brien Award winners. Past year saw Clemson Tigers signal caller Deshaun Watson be the fourth quarterback to win this award twice.
In 2016, Rosen averaged 319.2 passing yards per game, 8.3 yards per pass, had 10 touchdowns and a passer rating of 138.9. He also was recently named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, which goes to the nation's outstanding player. Four quarterbacks from the conference were among the 30 being watched for the award given to the nation's top quarterback. The foundation and selection committee will announce three finalists November 20. This year's award will be announced on December 7 at the Home Depot College Football Awards. Fan voting, which accounts for five percent of the total balloting, will begin on Tuesday, September 5.
Additionally, senior punter Jonny Linehan was named to the 2017 Ray Guy Award preseason watch list. The award is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. Jim McMahon and Steve Young each won the award once, while current BYU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ty Detmer won the award twice.