FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 3, 2016) – Of the eight quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” for week five of the college football season, seven are multi-time selections in 2016, while the other was the 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, include: Washington’s Jake Browning, Joshua Dobbs of Tennessee, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Greg Ward Jr. of Houston, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Davis Webb of California.
Jackson is on the list for the fifth time in as many weeks this season. Dobbs (Weeks 2, 4 and 5) has been named “Great 8” three times, while Browning, Rudolph, Trubisky, Ward and Webb are on for the second time. In addition, 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner Deshaun Watson made the list.
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.
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 a 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. The Davey O’Brien Fan Vote, now in its 10th year, gives fans a chance to play a role in determining the award winner by voting daily at VoteOBrien.org.
Since 1977, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has given away nearly $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit DaveyOBrien.org.
Week 5 “Great 8” Performances:
Jake Browning, Washington, So., 6-2, 209, Folsom, Calif.
- Had three touchdown passes and just six incompletions (15 of 21), while throwing for 210 yards in a 44-6 triumph over No. 7 Stanford.
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee, Sr., 6-3, 210, Alpharetta, Ga.
- Fired game-winning 43-yard Hail Mary with no time left as part of his four total touchdown performance (16 of 26 passing, 230 yards, 3 TDs) in a 34-31 victory over No. 25 Georgia.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, So., 6-3, 205, Boynton Beach, Fla.
- Rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 31 attempts and was 27-for-44 passing for 295 yards and a score in a 42-36 defeat at No. 5 Clemson.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, Jr., 6-5, 235, Rock Hill, S.C.
- Connected on 19 of 28 pass attempts for 392 yards and three scores, and also rushed for a touchdown, as the Cowboys earned a 49-31 win over No. 22 Texas.
Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina, Jr., 6-3, 220, Mentor, Ohio
- Helped the Tar Heels grab a last-second 37-35 win over No. 12 Florida State by running for a score and completing 31 of 38 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns.
Greg Ward Jr., Houston, Sr., 5-11, 190, Tyler, Texas
- Amassed 454 total yards (389 passing, 65 rushing) and five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and was 32 of 38 through the air in a 42-14 win over UConn.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr., 6-3, 215, Gainesville, Ga.
- Threw five touchdown passes, including two in the final seven minutes, and had nearly 400 total yards (306 passing, 91 rushing) in Clemson’s 42-36 victory over No. 3 Louisville.
Davis Webb, California, Sr., 6-5, 230, Prosper, Texas
- Was 22-for-35 passing for 306 yards and four touchdowns to lead California to a 28-23 win over No. 18 Utah, the Bears’ second straight win over a top-25 team.