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All eight players are first-time honorees this season

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 25, 2017) – Five quarterbacks hailing from Davey O’Brien’s home state of Texas are among the “Great 8” players for week four of the college football season.

The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, ULM’s Caleb Evans, Ryan Finley of NC State, West Virginia’s Will Grier, Kenny Hill of TCU, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Zach Smith of Baylor and Arizona State’s Manny Wilkins.

All eight players are first-time honorees this season. Through the season’s first four weeks, the Big 12 now leads the way with eight individual awards, two more than the ACC and Pac-12.

All 130 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 11th 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 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. For more information, visit DaveyOBrien.org.

 

Week 4 “Great 8” Performances:

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Sr., 6-2, 220, Wichita Falls, Texas

  • Tossed five touchdown passes against just five incompletions (12-of-17, 209 yards) in less than a half of action in a 54-21 victory over UNLV.

 

Caleb Evans, ULM, So., 6-2, 210, Mansfield, Texas

  • Totaled six touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 passing); ran for 129 yards on 16 carries and passed for 343 yards (28-of 34) in a 56-50 double overtime win over Louisiana.

 

Ryan Finley, NC State, Jr., 6-4, 210, Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Led the Wolfpack to its first road win over a ranked team since 2008 by throwing for 230 yards and two touchdowns (22-for-32) in a 27-21 win versus No. 12 Florida State.

 

Will Grier, West Virginia, Jr., 6-4, 214, Davidson, N.C.

  • Was 25-of-39 for 347 yards and two touchdowns and added 51 rushing yards and two scores on 10 carries in a 56-34 victory over Kansas.

 

Kenny Hill, TCU, Sr., 6-1, 212, Southlake, Texas

  • Guided the Horned Frogs to the team’s first win in Stillwater since 1991 by completing 22-of-33 passes for 228 yards and a score against No. 6 Oklahoma State.

 

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, Fr., 6-2, 210, San Antonio, Texas

  • Helped Texas A&M gain a 50-43 overtime win over SEC rival Arkansas by finishing with 325 total yards (216 passing, 109 rushing) and two TD passes.

 

Zach Smith, Baylor, So., 6-3, 225, Grandview, Texas

  • Completed 33-of-50 attempts for 463 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions as Baylor nearly pulled off a comeback against No. 3 Oklahoma (49-41).

 

Manny Wilkins, Arizona State, Jr., 6-3, 200, Novato, Calif.

  • Helped the Sun Devils knock off top-25 Oregon, 37-35, by accumulating 382 yards (347 passing, 35 rushing) and three touchdowns (2 rushing, 1 passing).

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