FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Davey O’Brien “Great 8” quarterbacks for week seven represent seven different conferences, according to the list jointly announced 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: LSU’s Joe Burrow, Jarrett Guarantano of Tennessee, Utah’s Tyler Huntley, Jordan Love of Utah State, FIU’s James Morgan, Andre Nunez of Louisiana, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy and Nate Stanley of Iowa.
All FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor. Thus far, 40 different signal callers have been named to the Great 8 in 2018. Love and Purdy are being honored for the second consecutive week, while Burrow was named for the second time in three weeks.
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 7 “Great 8” Performances:
Joe Burrow, LSU, Jr., 6-4, 216, The Plains, Ohio
- Guided LSU to a 20-point win (36-16) over No. 2 Georgia by totaling 266 yards of offense (200 passing, 66 rushing) and rushing for two touchdowns.
Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee, So., 6-4, 209, Lodi, N.J.
- Helped Tennessee to its first top-25 road win since 2006 with a 30-24 win at No. 21 Auburn by completing 21 of 32 passes for a career-high 328 yards and two touchdowns.
Tyler Huntley, Utah, Jr., 6-1, 200, Dania, Fla.
- Totaled 323 yards of total offense (201 passing, 64 rushing and 58 receiving) and four touchdowns (two passing, one rushing and one receiving) in a 42-10 win over Arizona.
Jordan Love, Utah State, So., 6-4, 225, Bakersfield, Calif.
- Threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns, connecting on 17 of 23 attempts, and also carried the ball four times for 39 yards, in a 59-28 win over UNLV.
James Morgan, FIU, Jr. 6-4, 213, Green Bay, Wis.
- Completed 27 of 36 pass attempts for 311 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 24-21 victory over Middle Tennessee.
Andre Nunez, Louisiana, Sr., 6-3, 205, Pacoima, Calif.
- Helped Louisiana to a school-record 759 yards of total offense by throwing for 315 yards with nearly as many touchdowns (5) as incompletions (19-of-25) in a 66-38 win over New Mexico State.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Fr., 6-1, 202, Gilbert, Ariz.
- Led the Cyclones to a 30-14 upset win over No. 6 West Virginia by going 18-for-25 for 254 yards and three touchdowns, and adding 39 rushing yards.
Nate Stanley, Iowa, Jr., 6-4, 242, Menomonie, Wis.
- Fired six touchdown strikes, the second most in school history, and was 21 of 33 overall for 320 yards in a 42-16 triumph over Indiana.