FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 16, 2015) – The Davey O’Brien Award has revealed the “Great 8” quarterback performances for week 11 as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee. The eight honorees include: Washington State’s Luke Falk, Quinton Flowers of USF, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Nick Mullens of Southern Miss, Houston’s Kyle Postma, Keenan Reynolds of Navy, Michigan’s Jake Rudock and Deshaun Watson of Clemson.
Four of this week’s “Great 8” performers (Falk, Mayfield, Reynolds and Watson) are semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. In addition, Falk, Rudock and Watson are all on the “Great 8” list for the second straight week.
All 128 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 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 11 “Great 8” Performances:
Luke Falk, Washington State, So., 6-4, 205, Logan, Utah
* Threw game-winning touchdown pass with three seconds left to defeat No. 19 UCLA on the road (38-for-53, 331 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT).
Quinton Flowers, USF, So. 6-0, 210, Miami, Fla.
* Was 15-for-22 passing for 230 yards and two scores and also rushed 18 times for 90 yards and a score in a 44-23 upset over No. 22 Temple.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-2, 214, Austin, Texas
* Responsible for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) and 346 yards (270 pass, 76 rush) in a 44-34 victory at No. 6 Baylor (24 of 34 passing).
Nick Mullens, Southern Miss, Jr., 6-1, 196, Hoover, Ala.
* Had five first-half touchdown passes and finished 23 of 31 for 386 yards in less than three quarters of action in a 65-10 win over Rice.
Kyle Postma, Houston, Jr., 6-2, 180, Katy, Texas
* Came off the bench to spark a 35-34 comeback win over No. 21 Memphis, going 21 of 33 for 236 yards and a score while adding 49 yards rushing and a TD.
Keenan Reynolds, Navy, Sr., 5-11, 205, Antioch, Tenn.
* Grabbed sole possession of NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns (81) with four ground scores (137 rush yards) and also tacked on a passing TD.
Jake Rudock, Michigan, Sr., 6-3, 208, Weston, Fla.
* Fired six touchdown passes, threw for 440 yards (33 of 46 overall, 1 INT) and rushed for 67 yards in a 48-41 double-overtime win over Indiana.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson, So., 6-2, 210, Gainesville, Ga.
* Passed for 360 yards (34 of 47 with 2 TDs, 1 INT) and ran for 105 more and another score in a 37-27 victory over Syracuse.