O’Brien Award announces Week 9 Great 8 list

O’Brien Award announces Week 9 Great 8 list

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 30, 2017) – The Davey O’Brien Award’s “Great 8” list for week nine includes four newcomers to the weekly honor and a quartet that has combined to total 13 accolades this season.

The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Riley Ferguson of Memphis, Idaho’s Matt Linehan, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Colorado’s Steven Montez, Khalil Tate of Arizona, Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson and John Wolford of Wake Forest.

Fifty-three different quarterbacks have now earned the 72 total honors through the season’s first nine weeks. Mayfield becomes the first player in the nation honored four times this year, while Barrett, Ferguson and Tate are among just five who have been recognized on three occasions.

All 130 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor. The winner of the Davey O’Brien National 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 9 “Great 8” Performances:

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, Sr., 6-2, 220, Wichita Falls, Texas

  • Led the Buckeyes back from an 18-point deficit with 423 total yards of offense (328 passing, 95 rushing) and four TD passes versus just six incompletions against No. 2 Penn State (39-38).


Riley Ferguson, Memphis, Sr., 6-4, 210, Matthews, N.C.

  • Accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and was 18-of-31 throwing for 298 yards in the Tigers’ 56-26 win over Tulane.


Matt Linehan, Idaho, Sr., 6-3, 239, Orchard Lake, Mich.

  • Completed 28-of-42 pass attempts for a season-best 360 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in a 31-23 triumph over ULM.


Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-1, 220, Austin, Texas

  • Totaled five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and was 22-for-34 passing for 281 yards in a 49-27 victory over Texas Tech.


Steven Montez, Colorado, So., 6-5, 225, El Paso, Texas

  • Threw for 347 yards on 20-of-26 passing and totaled four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) as Colorado defeated Cal, 44-28.


Khalil Tate, Arizona, So., 6-4, 215, Inglewood, Calif.

  • Had 421 total yards (275 passing, 146 rushing) and three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in Arizona’s 58-37 victory over No. 15 Washington State.


Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, Jr., 6-4, 225, Wheaton, Ill.

  • Led Northwestern to a 39-31 triple-overtime win over No. 16 Michigan State by completing 33-of-48 attempts for 356 yards and two scores and rushing for a touchdown.


John Wolford, Wake Forest, Sr., 6-1, 200, Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Threw for a career-high 461 yards and five touchdowns against only six incompletions (28-of-34), and added a rushing score in a 42-32 win over Louisville.