FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 26, 2018) – Junior Blake LaRussa, who guided Old Dominion to a stunning 49-35 upset win over No. 13 Virginia Tech, is the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week for week four, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced.
On Saturday, LaRussa came off the bench in the team’s second offensive series to lead the Monarchs to their first win of the year. LaRussa, who also was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, threw for 495 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 30 of 49 pass attempts (61.2 percent) and also added a rushing score.
His 495 passing yards were the most by an FBS player in week four, and are the fourth-highest total in 2018. In addition, LaRussa’s 501 yards of total offense rank as the fifth most in a game this season. He notched career bests in completions, attempts, passing yards, total offense and touchdowns.
LaRussa is the first Old Dominion player to earn Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week honors. The Punt & Pass Podcast will discuss his performance on Thursday.
The other Great 8 quarterbacks in the season’s fourth week were: Purdue’s David Blough, Ian Book of Notre Dame, Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman, K.J. Costello of Stanford, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Mitchell Guadagni of Toledo and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
Eighty years ago, O’Brien, 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. Fans may vote daily for their favorite quarterback 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 www.DaveyOBrien.org.
2018 Week-by-Week Winners:
Sept. 6 – Will Grier, West Virginia
Sept. 13 – Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Sept. 20 – Alan Bowman, Texas Tech
Sept. 27 – Blake LaRussa, Old Dominion