FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 12, 2015) — The Davey O’Brien Award has announced its “Great 8” quarterback performances for week six of the college football season. The eight honorees include: Trevone Boykin of TCU, Michigan State’s Connor Cook, Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs, Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky, Luke Falk of Washington State, Northern Illinois’ Drew Hare, Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech.
All 128 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor, which is determined by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee. 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 at 5:30 p.m. (CT).
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 an 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. Since 1977, the Foundation has given away more than $900,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
Week 6 “Great 8” Performances:
Trevone Boykin (TCU, Sr., 6-2, 205, Dallas, Texas)
* Led an 18-point comeback win over Kansas State, going 20-for-30 for 301 yards and two touchdowns and adding 11 rushes for 124 yards and two scores.
Connor Cook (Michigan State, Sr., 6-4, 220, Hinckley, Ohio)
* Completed 24 of 39 passes for a career-high 367 yards and two touchdowns while leading Michigan State to a final-minute 31-24 win over Rutgers.
Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee, Jr., 6-3, 207, Alpharetta, Ga.)
* Totaled five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and 430 yards of offense (312 passing, 118 rushing) in a 38-31 upset of No. 19 Georgia.
Brandon Doughty (Western Kentucky, Sr., 6-3, 220, Davie, Fla.)
* Collected five more touchdown passes, completing 28 of 36 attempts for 359 yards, in a 58-28 victory over Middle Tennessee.
Luke Falk (Washington State, So., 6-4, 205, Logan, Utah)
* Topped the 500-yard passing mark (505) with five touchdown passes, completing 50 of 74 attempts, in 45-38 double-overtime win over Oregon.
Drew Hare (Northern Illinois, Jr., 6-1, 218, O’Fallon, Mo.)
* Completed 29 of 32 tries for 363 yards and two touchdowns and also found the end zone on the ground in a 59-41 win over Ball State.
Matt Johnson (Bowling Green, Sr., 6-0, 219, Harrisburg, Pa.)
* Threw for 450 yards, topping 400 for the fifth time this year, and five touchdowns versus just six incompletions (33 of 39) in a 62-38 win over UMass.
Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech, So., 6-3, 219, Whitehouse, Texas)
* Logged a season-best 428-yard performance (33-for-48) that included five touchdown passes in a 66-31 triumph over Iowa State.