FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 31, 2016) – Half of this week’s Davey O’Brien “Great 8” list is made up of quarterbacks from the Atlantic Coast Conference, marking the first time ever that four members from one league have been honored in the same week.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, include: Jerod Evans of Virginia Tech, Washington State’s Luke Falk, Quinton Flowers of USF, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, Justin Thomas of Georgia Tech and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.
Jackson appears on the list for the seventh time in 2016, the most by any player in the country. Falk, Rudolph and Watson are honorees for the third time this season, while Evans and Flowers are two-time selections. Herbert and Thomas are recipients for the first time in their careers.
All 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 9 “Great 8” Performances:
Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech, Jr., 6-3, 238, Dallas, Texas
- Passed for a career-high 406 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes, and also added 33 rushing yards, in a 39-36 victory over Pittsburgh.
Luke Falk, Washington State, Jr., 6-4, 205, Logan, Utah
- Threw for five touchdowns and 415 yards with no interceptions (33 of 46) as the Cougars rallied from a 24-6 halftime deficit to beat Oregon State, 35-31.
Quinton Flowers, USF, Jr. 6-0, 210, Miami, Fla.
- Carried 13 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 219 yards (19 of 29) and a pair of scores as USF upset No. 22 Navy, 52-45.
Justin Herbert, Oregon, Fr., 6-6, 225, Eugene, Ore.
- Broke the school’s total offense mark with 512 yards and matched the Oregon record with 489 yards passing (31 of 42), while tossing four touchdowns against Arizona State.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, So., 6-3, 205, Boynton Beach, Fla.
- Helped Louisville to a 32-25 win over Virginia with his fourth TD pass of the game with just :13 left to finish 24-for-41 for 361 yards to go along with 88 rushing yards.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, Jr., 6-5, 235, Rock Hill, S.C.
- Guided the Cowboys to a 37-20 win over No. 10 West Virginia by accounting for four touchdowns (three passing) and going 26-for-36 for 273 yards.
Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech, Sr., 5-11, 185, Prattville, Ala.
- Rushed 17 times for 195 yards and two scores and connected on 10 of 14 attempts for 264 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-35 victory over Duke.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr., 6-3, 215, Gainesville, Ga.
- Led Clemson’s 37-34 late comeback win over No. 12 Florida State by completing 27 of 43 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns and adding 52 rushing yards.