FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 29, 2018) – The quarterbacks selected to the Davey O’Brien Great 8 for Week 9 have combined to be honored 20 times 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: Taylor Cornelius of Oklahoma State, Syracuse’s Eric Dungey, Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, D’Eriq King of Houston, Utah State’s Jordan Love, Gardner Minshew of Washington State and Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.
Murray now leads the nation in honors this season with six. Six of the other honorees are also multi-time winners: Love (three), Cornelius (two), Fitzgerald (two), Fromm (two), King (two) and Minshew (two). Thus far, 45 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 9 “Great 8” Performances:
Taylor Cornelius, Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-6, 232, Bushland, Texas
- Helped lead the Cowboys to a 38-35 victory over No. 6 Texas by accounting for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and 344 total yards (321 passing, 23 rushing).
Eric Dungey, Syracuse, Sr., 6-4, 206, Lake Oswego, Ore.
- Was 27-for-38 for 411 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 32 yards and a score, in a 51-41 victory over No. 22 NC State.
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, Sr., 6-5, 230, Richmond Hill, Ga.
- Had a hand in all four Bulldogs’ touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) and was 14 for 22 for 241 yards and had 16 carries for 88 yards in a 28-13 over No. 16 Texas A&M.
Jake Fromm, Georgia, So., 6-2, 220, Warner Robins, Ga.
- Completed 17 of 24 pass attempts for 240 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in a 36-17 triumph over archrival and No. 9 Florida.
D’Eriq King, Houston, Jr., 5-11, 195, Manvel, Texas
- Amassed 551 total yards, with 419 through the air (28-for-40) and 132 on the ground (12 carries), and had seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing) in a 57-36 upset win over No. 21 USF.
Jordan Love, Utah State, So., 6-4, 225, Bakersfield, Calif.
- Connected on 23 of 34 throws for 448 yards with four touchdown strikes, and tacked on a rushing score, in a 61-19 victory over New Mexico.
Gardner Minshew, Washington State, Sr., 6-2, 220, Brandon, Miss.
- Completed 40 of 50 passes for 438 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in a 41-38 win over No. 24 Stanford.
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, Jr., 5-10, 195, Allen, Texas
- Was 19-for-24 for 352 passing yards with three touchdown tosses and had five carries for 46 yards and one TD as Oklahoma defeated Kansas State, 51-14.