FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 17, 2018) – Four of the quarterbacks being honored on the Davey O’Brien Award’s “Great 8” list for week three will square off against each other in week four when Army West Point plays Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hosts Texas Tech.
In all, the eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: Anthony Brown of Boston College, Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman, Taylor Cornelius of Oklahoma State, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Kelvin Hopkins Jr. of Army West Point, Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, Kato Nelson of Akron and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
All FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor. Thus far, 20 different quarterbacks have been named to the Great 8 in 2018. Murray is the only player in the country to be selected all three weeks, while Haskins and Tagovailoa are the nation’s only other players to be honored multiple times this year.
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 Thursday on the Punt & Pass Podcast. To listen to the announcement and discussion of this week’s Great 8, click here.
Eighty years ago, 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 (1938). 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 12th 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 3 “Great 8” Performances:
Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, Fr., 6-3, 210, Grapevine, Texas
- Set a Big 12 freshman record with 605 passing yards (43 of 59 overall) and tossed five touchdowns in a 63-49 triumph over Houston.
Anthony Brown, Boston College, So., 6-2, 220, Cliffwood, N.J.
- Threw five touchdown passes to set a new personal best, and was 16-for-25 for a career-high 304 yards in a 41-34 victory at Wake Forest.
Taylor Cornelius, Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-6, 232, Bushland, Texas
- Accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) and 284 yards of offense (243 passing, 41 rushing) in a 44-21 win over No. 17 Boise State.
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, So., 6-3, 220, Potomac, Md.
- Completed 24 of 38 pass attempts for 344 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score in a 40-28 victory versus No. 15 TCU.
Kelvin Hopkins Jr., Army West Point, Jr., 5-10, 205, Charlotte, N.C.
- Rushed 20 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and added 162 yards through the air in a 28-21 win over previously unbeaten Hawai’i.
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, Jr., 5-10, 195, Allen, Texas
- Had more than 400 yards of total offense (348 passing, 77 rushing) and had three touchdown strikes (21-for-29 overall) in a 37-27 win at Iowa State.
Kato Nelson, Akron, So., 6-1, 215, Hollywood, Fla.
- Was 17-for-28 for 278 yards and two touchdowns and had 37 rushing yards as Akron came from 18 points down to defeat Northwestern, 39-34, for the school’s first win over a Big Ten school since 1894.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, So., 6-1, 218, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
- Connected on 11 of 15 passes for 191 yards and two scores and added 47 rushing yards on five carries in less than a half in a 62-7 rout of Ole Miss.