FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 6, 2017) – Two finalists for the 2016 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award are among the “Great 8” performers for the first week of the 2017 college football season.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, include: California’s Ross Bowers, Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Missouri’s Drew Lock, TaQuon Marshall of Georgia Tech, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Shea Patterson of Ole Miss, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State.
A year ago, Jackson and Mayfield were finalists for the oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award. It was Mayfield’s second straight season as an award finalist. Last year, Jackson brought home “Great 8” honors eight times, while Mayfield was honored three weeks in 2016.
All 130 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 Thursday.
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 11th 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 more than $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 1 “Great 8” Performances:
Ross Bowers, California, So., 6-2, 200, Bothell, Wash.
- Threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns in his first collegiate start, completing 24 of 38 passes, to lead the Bears to a 35-30 road win over North Carolina.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Jr., 6-3, 211, Pompano Beach, Fla.
- Accounted for 485 total yards of offense (378 passing, 107 rushing) and tossed a pair of touchdown passes (30 of 48 overall), in a 35-28 victory over Purdue.
Drew Lock, Missouri, Jr., 6-4, 225, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
- Smashed school records by throwing seven touchdown passes, the sixth SEC player ever to do so, and recording 521 passing yards, the fifth-most in league history, in a 72-43 victory over Missouri State.
TaQuon Marshall, Georgia Tech, Jr., 5-10, 185, Hamilton, Ga.
- Set a school record with five rushing touchdowns and established new school and ACC records for rushing yards by a quarterback (249) in a 42-41 double-OT loss to No. 25 Tennessee.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-1, 220, Austin, Texas
- Had two more touchdown passes (3) than incompletions (1) in one half of action in a 56-7 victory over UTEP, and connected on 19 of 20 passes overall for 329 yards.
Shea Patterson, Ole Miss, So., 6-2, 203, Shreveport, La.
- Connected on 80.0 percent of his pass attempts (28 of 35) for 429 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in a 47-27 triumph over South Alabama.
Josh Rosen, UCLA, Jr., 6-4, 218, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
- Led UCLA to a 34-point comeback win over Texas A&M (45-44) with 292 passing yards and four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to finish with career highs in completions (35), yards (491), TD passes (four) and total offense (477 yards).
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-5, 230, Rock Hill, S.C.
- Was 20 of 24 passing for 303 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions) and also ran for a score in a 59-24 win over Tulsa.