FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 10, 2015) – The two games chosen as the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s Marquee Matchups for the second week of the college football season feature four top-25 teams led by highly touted quarterbacks.
For the second consecutive week, Michigan State senior Connor Cook finds himself locked up in a clash with another of the nation’s best signal callers. This time, on the other sideline is Oregon senior Vernon Adams. Elsewhere on Saturday, juniors Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Joshua Dobbs of Tennessee will face off after both players accounted for big games in their respective season openers.
Throughout the season, the Davey O’Brien Award highlights the best weekly quarterback matchups as the race for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award continues. Fans are invited to help select the Marquee Matchups each week by voicing their opinions on Twitter at @DaveyOBrien using #MarqueeQB.
Quarterbacks from all 128 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools are eligible for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 2. The three finalists will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 24, while the 2015 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 10 on ESPN.
Marquee Matchup #1: No. 7 Oregon (Vernon Adams Jr.) at No. 5 Michigan State (Connor Cook)
Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. (CT) on ABC
Transfer Vernon Adams Jr. looks to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Davey O’Brien Award winner, Marcus Mariota, in leading Oregon’s potent offensive attack. In Adams’ first game for the Ducks, he finished 19 of 25 for 246 yards and two touchdowns against Eastern Washington, his former school.
A 2014 Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist, Connor Cook will seek revenge against Oregon, which a year ago dealt the Spartan senior one of his three career losses as a starter (24-3 record). Last week at Western Michigan, Cook threw for 256 yards and two scores with no interceptions in a 37-24 win.
Marquee Matchup #2: No. 19 Oklahoma (Baker Mayfield) at No. 23 Tennessee (Joshua Dobbs)
Saturday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. (CT) on ESPN
Baker Mayfield posted impressive numbers in his Oklahoma debut on Saturday, rolling up 388 passing yards and three passing touchdowns, while also rushing for a score in a 41-3 victory over Akron. The transfer was the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013 as a member of Texas Tech.
Junior Joshua Dobbs had a fine start to the 2015 campaign in a 59-30 win over Bowling Green. A dual threat, the member of the 2015 Davey O’Brien Award watch list racked up 89 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He also completed 15 of 22 passes for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns.