FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 14, 2016) – A trio of semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award as well as three first-time weekly award winners are among the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” honorees for Week 11.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, include: USC’s Sam Darnold, Luke Falk of Washington State, USF’s Quinton Flowers, Jalen Hurts of Alabama, UNLV’s Kurt Palandech, Shea Patterson of Ole Miss, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman and Will Worth of Navy.
Falk and Hurts each appear on the “Great 8” list for the fifth time in 2016, which is tied for the second most by any player in the country. Flowers, Darnold and Worth are each listed for the third time. Meanwhile, Palandech, Patterson and Peterman are first-time honorees.
All FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor. The winner of the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week Award, which will be one of the week’s “Great 8” quarterbacks, will be announced Tuesday.
In 1938, Davey O’Brien, who wore No. 8 as a star quarterback for TCU, became the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.
O’Brien was drafted fourth overall in the 1939 NFL Draft and earned Pro Bowl honors in his rookie season after setting a National Football League record for season passing yardage. The NFL’s highest-paid player retired after the 1940 season to become an FBI agent.
The Davey O’Brien Foundation was created in 1977, and the National Quarterback Award, the oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award, was first issued in 1981. The Davey O’Brien Fan Vote, now in its 10th year, gives fans a chance to play a role in determining the award winner by voting daily at VoteOBrien.org.
Since 1977, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has given away nearly $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit DaveyOBrien.org.
Week 11 “Great 8” Performances:
Sam Darnold, USC, R-Fr., 6-4, 225, Capistrano Beach, Calif.
- Guided USC to a 26-13 upset of previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Washington by throwing for 287 yards and two touchdowns (23 of 33).
Luke Falk, Washington State, Jr., 6-4, 205, Logan, Utah
- Connected on 36 of 50 passes for 373 yards, including five touchdown strikes, in the team’s seventh straight win, a 56-21 triumph over California.
Quinton Flowers, USF, Jr., 6-0, 210, Miami, Fla.
- Had 473 yards of total offense (263 passing, 210 rushing) and five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) against Memphis in a 49-42 victory.
Jalen Hurts, Alabama, Fr., 6-2, 209, Channelview, Texas
- Set career highs in passing yards (347) and passing touchdowns (four) and also added 100 rushing yards and a score in a 51-3 victory over Mississippi State.
Kurt Palandech, UNLV, Jr. 6-2, 185, Plainfield, Ill.
- Was 20 of 32 passing for a career-high 252 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 157 yards and a score, in a 69-66 triple-overtime win over Wyoming.
Shea Patterson, Ole Miss, Fr., 6-2, 200, Shreveport, La.
- Impressed in collegiate debut, leading Rebels to a 29-28 win over No. 8 Texas A&M by throwing for 338 yards and two scores (25-for-42) and rushing for 64 yards.
Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh, Sr., 6-2, 225, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Completed 22 of 37 pass attempts for 308 yards and a career-best five touchdowns against no interceptions in Pitt’s 43-42 upset of No. 2 Clemson.
Will Worth, Navy, Sr., 6-1, 205, Valrico, Fla.
- Rushed 26 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns and was 6-for-8 passing for 111 yards and a score in a 42-40 victory over Tulsa.