Six first-time winners among Great 8 for Week 6

Six first-time winners among Great 8 for Week 6

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 9, 2017) – The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s “Great 8” performers for week six of the college football season combined to account for a total of 40 touchdowns (32 passing, seven rushing, one receiving) this weekend.

The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: Zach Abey of Navy, Buffalo’s Drew Anderson, Sam Ehlinger of Texas, Memphis’ Riley Ferguson, Kyle Kempt of Iowa State, UCF’s McKenzie Milton, Khalil Tate of Arizona and Western Michigan’s Jon Wassink. 

Abey appears on the list for the second straight week, while Ferguson is also being honored for the second time in 2017. Forty different quarterbacks have now earned the 48 total honors through the season’s first six weeks.

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

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


Week 6 “Great 8” Performances:

Zach Abey, Navy, Jr., 6-2, 212, Pasadena, Md.

  • Topped the 200-yard rushing mark (214) with two rushing touchdowns, and had a pair of passing scores, including the game winner with 15 seconds left in a 48-45 rivalry win over Air Force.


Drew Anderson, Buffalo, Jr., 6-5, 230, Orinda, Calif.

  • Threw for a MAC-record 597 yards (35-of-61), matched a league record with seven touchdown passes and added a rushing score in a seven-overtime loss (71-68) to Western Michigan.


Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Fr., 6-2, 230, Austin, Texas

  • Amassed 487 total yards (380 passing, 107 rushing), the third most in school history, with two passing touchdowns in a 40-34 double-overtime victory over Kansas State.


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

  • Threw seven touchdown passes, tying a school and conference record, and completed 34-of-48 attempts for 431 yards in a 70-31 win over UConn.


Kyle Kempt, Iowa State, Sr., 6-5, 210, Massillon, Ohio

  • Led the Cyclones to a 38-31 upset at No. 3 Oklahoma, ending an 18-game series streak, by completing 18 of 24 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start.


McKenzie Milton, UCF, So., 5-11, 185, Kapolei, Hawaii

  • Threw more touchdown passes (5) than incompletions (3), going 16-for-19 for 374 yards (19.7 per attempt) in a weather-shortened 51-23 win over Cincinnati.


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

  • Set an NCAA FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback (327) on just 14 carries (four touchdowns) and was 12-of-13 passing for 154 yards and a score in a 45-42 victory over Colorado.


Jon Wassink, Western Michigan, So., 6-2, 205, Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • Accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one receiving) and 295 total yards (256 passing, 26 rushing, 13 receiving) in a 71-68 seven-overtime win over Buffalo.