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Great 8 list includes seven first-time winners this year

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FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 18, 2017) – Of the eight players named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s “Great 8” list for week three of the college football season, just one had been previously honored in 2017.

The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: Kelly Bryant of Clemson, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Riley Ferguson of Memphis, Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald, Alex Hornibrook of Wisconsin, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, Nic Shimonek of Texas Tech and Toledo’s Logan Woodside.

Rudolph, who also appeared on the “Great 8” list in week one, becomes just the third player to be named multiple times in 2017. Through the season’s first three weeks, the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 are tied with the most total honorees, with five apiece.

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 3 “Great 8” Performances:

Kelly Bryant, Clemson, Jr., 6-4, 220, Calhoun Falls, S.C.

  • Lifted Clemson to a 47-21 victory at No. 14 Louisville by throwing for a career-best 316 yards (22-of-32) and a touchdown and adding two rushing TDs.

 

Luke Falk, Washington State, Sr., 6-4, 223, Logan, Utah

  • Threw six touchdown passes, completing 37-of-49 passes for 396 yards with no interceptions, in a 52-23 victory over Oregon State.

 

Riley Ferguson, Memphis, Sr., 6-4, 210, Matthews, N.C.

  • Was 23-of-38 for 398 yards and a career-high-tying six touchdown passes to lead the Tigers to a 48-45 win over No. 25 UCLA.

 

Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, Jr., 6-5, 230, Richmond Hill, Ga.

  • Totaled four touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing) with 266 yards of total offense (180 passing, 88 rushing) to lead the Bulldogs to their most lopsided win ever over No. 7 LSU (37-7).

 

Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin, So., 6-4, 215, West Chester, Pa.

  • Set a school record for completion percentage in a game (94.7 percent), going 18-of-19, while netting career highs in passing yards (256) and TDs (4) in a 40-6 road triumph over BYU.

 

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-5, 230, Rock Hill, S.C.

  • Was 23-of-32 for 497 yards, five touchdowns and one interception in just more than a half of play as the Cowboys downed Pittsburgh, 59-21.

 

Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech, Sr., 6-3, 225, Mildred, Texas

  • Finished with 543 yards passing (37-of-50) and threw six touchdowns, five in the first half, in a 52-45 win against Arizona State.

 

Logan Woodside, Toledo, Sr., 6-2, 210, Frankfort, Ky.

  • Fired six touchdown strikes and averaged more than 20 yards per completion (22-of-33, 458 yards) in a 21-point comeback victory over Tulsa (54-51).

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