FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 8, 2018) – Four sophomores and a true freshman are among the eight quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s week six “Great 8” list, the Davey O’Brien Foundation and Punt & Pass Podcast jointly announced on Monday.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Jordan Love of Utah State, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy, Brent Stockstill of Middle Tennessee, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Clayton Thorson of Northwestern.
All FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor. Thus far, 35 different quarterbacks have been named to the Great 8 in 2018. Tagovailoa is now tied for the most honors nationally this season with four, while Haskins (three) and Ehlinger (two) are also multi-time honorees.
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 Wednesday. To listen to the announcement and discussion of this week’s Great 8 on the Punt & Pass Podcast, 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 6 “Great 8” Performances:
Sam Ehlinger, Texas, So., 6-3, 235, Austin, Texas
- Totaled five touchdowns (three rushing, two passing) and 386 yards of offense (314 passing, 72 rushing) in a 48-45 victory over No. 7 Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown.
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, Sr., 6-5, 230, Richmond Hill, Ga.
- Carried the ball 28 times for 195 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and added 69 passing yards, in a 23-9 upset victory over No. 8 Auburn.
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State, So., 6-3, 220, Potomac, Md.
- Completed 33 of 44 pass attempts for 455 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-26 triumph versus Indiana.
Jordan Love, Utah State, So., 6-4, 225, Bakersfield, Calif.
- Connected on 18 of 28 passes for 165 yards and four touchdowns, and tacked on a rushing score, in a 45-20 win over instate rival BYU.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Fr., 6-1, 202, Gilbert, Ariz.
- Totaled 402 yards of offense (318 passing, 84 rushing) and five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) off the bench in a 48-42 upset at No. 25 Oklahoma State.
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee, Sr., 6-0, 215, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- Became the 24th FBS player ever with 10,000 career passing yards by throwing for 317 yards (25 of 40) and totaling three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) against Marshall in a 34-24 win.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, So., 6-1, 218, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
- Threw more touchdown passes (4) than incompletions (3), completing 10 of 13 passes for 334 yards, in just a half of action in a 65-31 win over Arkansas.
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, Sr., 6-4, 226, Wheaton, Ill.
- Guided Northwestern to a 29-19 upset over No. 20 Michigan State by throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns (31-for-47) and also rushing for a score.