FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 11, 2017) – For the second time in as many weeks, 2016 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award finalists Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma are listed among the award’s “Great 8” performers.
The eight honorees in week two, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, include: Jackson, Mayfield, Sam Darnold of USC, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Daniel Jones of Duke, Central Michigan’s Shane Morris, Nate Stanley of Iowa and Middle Tennessee’s Brent Stockstill.
Jackson and Mayfield are the only two players to repeat from the season’s first week. Last year, Jackson brought home “Great 8” accolades eight times, while Mayfield was honored three weeks. Through two weeks in 2017, the ACC and Pac-12 are tied with the most total honorees, with four apiece.
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 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 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 2 “Great 8” Performances:
Sam Darnold, USC, So., 6-4, 220, Capistrano Beach, Calif.
- Tossed four touchdown passes and finished 21-for-26 overall for 316 yards in USC’s 42-24 win over Pac-12 rival and No. 14 Stanford.
Justin Herbert, Oregon, So., 6-6, 225, Eugene, Ore.
- Helped Oregon to a 42-35 victory over Nebraska by connecting on 25-of-33 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns and adding 31 rushing yards.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Jr., 6-3, 211, Pompano Beach, Fla.
- Accounted for 525 yards and six touchdowns, while becoming the second player in FBS history with back-to-back games of 300-plus passing and 100-plus rushing yards in a 47-35 win over North Carolina.
Daniel Jones, Duke, So., 6-5, 215, Charlotte, N.C.
- Topped the 300-yard passing mark (29-of-45, 305 yards) and 100-yard rushing plateau (career-best 108) and totaled four TDs (two passing, two rushing) in a 41-17 victory over Northwestern.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-1, 220, Austin, Texas
- Threw for nearly 400 yards (27-of-35, 386 yards) and fired three touchdown strikes, all in the second half, to lead Oklahoma to a 31-16 victory at No. 2 Ohio State.
Shane Morris, Central Michigan, Sr., 6-3, 210, Hazel Park, Mich.
- Netted a career-best 467 passing yards, going 28-of-37 overall, and tossed five scores with no interceptions in a 45-27 road win at Kansas.
Nate Stanley, Iowa, So., 6-5, 212, Menomonie, Wis.
- Led Iowa to a 44-41 overtime win over in-state rival Iowa State by going 27-of-41 for 333 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-tying score with 1:09 left and the game winner in OT.
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee, Jr., 6-0, 221, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- Completed 22-of-36 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns and ran 11 times for 41 yards as Middle Tennessee collected a 30-23 road win over Syracuse.