FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 22, 2018) – Half of the eight quarterbacks selected to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 for Week 8 are first-time honorees this season, according to the list revealed Monday by the Davey O’Brien Foundation and Punt & Pass Podcast.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: David Blough of Purdue, Utah’s Tyler Huntley, Drew Lock of Missouri, Washington State’s Gardner Minshew, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Boise State’s Brett Rypien, Isaiah Sanders of Air Force and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
Murray and Tagovailoa are tied for the most honors this season with five apiece. Blough and Huntley are each on the list for the second time. All FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor. Thus far, 44 different signal callers have been named to the Great 8 in 2018.
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.
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 8 “Great 8” Performances:
David Blough, Purdue, Sr., 6-1, 205, Carrollton, Texas
- Directed the Boilermakers to a convincing 49-20 upset win over No. 2 Ohio State by completing 25 of 43 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Tyler Huntley, Utah, Jr., 6-1, 200, Dania, Fla.
- Was 22-for-29 passing for 341 yards and four touchdowns, and also had 33 rushing yards and a score, in a 41-28 victory over USC.
Drew Lock, Missouri, Sr., 6-4, 225, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
- Was 23-for-29 passing for 350 yards and four touchdowns, and added 36 rushing yards on just four carries, as Missouri defeated Memphis, 65-33.
Gardner Minshew, Washington State, Sr., 6-2, 220, Brandon, Miss.
- Connected on 39 of 51 pass attempts for 323 yards and four touchdown strikes in a 34-20 upset win over No. 12 Oregon.
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, Jr., 5-10, 195, Allen, Texas
- Completed 19 of 24 throws for 213 yards and four touchdowns, and added 51 yards rushing on nine carries, in a 52-27 triumph over TCU.
Brett Rypien, Boise State, Sr., 6-2, 202, Spokane, Wash.
- Had an equal number of touchdown passes (4) and incompletions, going 22 of 26 for 308 yards and four scores with no interceptions in a 56-28 win over Colorado State.
Isaiah Sanders, Air Force, Jr., 6-2, 210, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Accounted for 400 yards of total offense, completing 9 of 11 attempts for 217 yards while rushing 21 times for 173 yards, and totaled four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in a 41-35 win over UNLV.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, So., 6-1, 218, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
- Topped the 300-yard passing mark (19-for-29, 306 yards) and had four touchdown tosses in a 58-21 victory over Tennessee.