FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 9, 2015) – UCLA true freshman Josh Rosen has claimed Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week honors for week one of the college football season, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced. Rosen is the first freshman to win the weekly accolade since Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (Sept. 30, 2014).
Rosen, the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener in UCLA history, led the Bruins to a 34-16 victory over Virginia on Saturday. He finished the afternoon 28 of 35 passing for 351 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Manhattan Beach, Calif., product posted a 192.5 efficiency rating, and his yardage and touchdown totals established new UCLA true freshman single-game records.
Rosen is the first member of the Pac-12 Conference to earn the award since Marcus Mariota of Oregon won in the opening week last season. Mariota ultimately became the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner, the first from the Pac-12 since UCLA’s Troy Aikman in 1988.
All 128 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor, which is determined by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee. Honorable mention quarterbacks in week one included: Trevone Boykin (TCU), Cardale Jones (Ohio State), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Seth Russell (Baylor) and Malik Zaire (Notre Dame).
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner will be announced on Dec. 10 during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards. The winner is not required to have won a weekly award during the season. A list of 16 semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 2, while the three finalists will be named on Nov. 24.
2015 Week-by-Week Winners:
Sept. 9 – Josh Rosen (UCLA)
Week 1 Honorable Mention:
Trevone Boykin (TCU) – 26 of 42 for 246 yards and a TD, plus 92 rushing yards and a TD in 23-17 victory at Minnesota.
Cardale Jones (Ohio State) – 16-for-32 passing for 186 yards and 2 TDs; 99 rush yards and a TD in 42-24 win at Virginia Tech.
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) – Threw for 388 yards (23-for-33 passing) and 3 scores in a 41-3 triumph over Akron.
Seth Russell (Baylor) – 6 total TDs (5 passing, 1 rushing) while accumulating 376 yards passing in 56-21 win over SMU.
Malik Zaire (Notre Dame) – As many TD passes (3) as incompletions (19-of-22, 313 yards) in 38-3 win over Texas.