FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 26, 2015) – The Davey O’Brien Award has announced its “Great 8” quarterback performances for week eight. The eight honorees include: Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Connor Cook of Michigan State, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Cody Kessler of USC, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch, Dak Prescott of Mississippi State, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Duke’s Thomas Sirk.
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 8 “Great 8” Performances:
J.T. Barrett (Ohio State, So., 6-2, 225, Wichita Falls, Texas)
* Netted five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and topped 200 passing yards (223) and 100 rushing yards (101) in a 49-7 win over Rutgers.
Connor Cook (Michigan State, Sr., 6-4, 220, Hinckley, Ohio)
* Threw for nearly 400 yards (398) and added four touchdown passes (30-for-52 overall) in a 52-26 victory over Indiana.
Luke Falk (Washington State, So., 6-4, 205, Logan, Utah)
* Eclipsed the 500-yard passing mark (514) and fired five touchdown passes, connecting on 47 of 62 attempts, in a 45-42 triumph over Arizona.
Cody Kessler (USC, Sr., 6-1, 215, Bakersfield, Calif.)
* Successful on 21 of 28 pass attempts for 264 yards and a score, and tacked on a rushing touchdown, in a 42-24 upset of No. 3 Utah.
Paxton Lynch (Memphis, Jr., 6-7, 245, Deltona, Fla.)
* Threw for a school-record 447 yards and four touchdowns, completing 32 of 44 attempts, and rushed for a score in a 66-42 victory over Tulsa.
Dak Prescott (Mississippi State, Sr., 6-2, 230, Haughton, La.)
* Amassed six touchdowns (three passing, three rushing) and 465 yards of total offense (348 passing, 117 rushing) in defeating Kentucky, 42-16.
Josh Rosen (UCLA, Fr., 6-4, 210, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
* Set a school record for completions (34-for-47) and accumulated 399 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-24 victory over No. 20 California.
Thomas Sirk (Duke, Jr., 6-4, 220, Glen St. Mary, Fla.)
* Totaled 270 passing yards and four scores and also ran for 109 yards in a quadruple-overtime win (45-43) over Virginia Tech.