FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 2, 2017) – Four seniors, three juniors and a sophomore comprise the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s “Great 8” performers for week five of the college football season.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: Zach Abey of Navy, Pitt’s Max Browne, Jake Browning of Washington, Clemson’s Kelly Bryant, Luke Falk of Washington State, SMU’s Ben Hicks, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State and Colorado State’s Nick Stevens.
Bryant, Falk and Rudolph are multi-time winners this year. Rudolph (Weeks 1, 3, 5) is the first quarterback in the nation selected three times in 2017. Thirty-four different quarterbacks have earned the 40 total honors through the season’s first five 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 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 5 “Great 8” Performances:
Zach Abey, Navy, Jr., 6-2, 212, Pasadena, Md.
- Rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns and completed 3 of 4 passes for 90 yards as Navy upended Tulsa, 31-21, to remain unbeaten.
Max Browne, Pittsburgh, Sr., 6-5, 230, Sammamish, Wash.
- Fired four touchdown strikes with just four incompletions (28-of-32) while passing for 410 yards in a 42-10 win over Rice.
Jake Browning, Washington, Jr., 6-2, 210, Folsom, Calif.
- Connected on 26 of his 34 passing attempts for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and also added a score on the ground in a 42-7 victory over Oregon State.
Kelly Bryant, Clemson, Jr., 6-4, 220, Calhoun Falls, S.C.
- Led the Tigers to a road win at No. 12 Virginia Tech by throwing for 186 yards and a score (12-for-21) while adding 94 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Luke Falk, Washington State, Sr., 6-4, 223, Logan, Utah
- Completed 34 of his 51 passing attempts for 340 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 victory over No. 5 USC.
Ben Hicks, SMU, So., 6-1, 203, Waco, Texas
- Threw four touchdown passes against no interceptions, while finishing 27-for-37 for 280 yards in a 49-28 win over UConn.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-5, 230, Rock Hill, S.C.
- Accumulated five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and 426 yards of offense (376 passing, 50 rushing) in a 41-34 triumph at Texas Tech.
Nick Stevens, Colorado State, Sr., 6-3, 215, Murrieta, Calif.
- Had as many touchdown passes (4) as incompletions in a 51-21 win at Hawai’i, as he went 18-for-22 for 351 yards.