FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 12, 2018) – From its list of 16 semifinalists, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced its Great 8 quarterbacks for the 11th week of the college football season.
The eight honorees announced Monday by the Punt & Pass Podcast are: Will Grier of West Virginia, Houston’s D’Eriq King, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, Utah State’s Jordan Love, Gardner Minshew of Washington State, UCF’s McKenzie Milton, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Michigan’s Shea Patterson.
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 11 Great 8 Performances:
Will Grier, West Virginia, Sr., 6-2, 223, Charlotte, N.C.
- Guided the Mountaineers to a 47-10 rout of TCU by going 25-for-39 for 343 yards and three touchdown tosses.
D’Eriq King, Houston, Jr., 5-11, 195, Manvel, Texas
- Accounted for 447 total yards (322 passing, 125 rushing) and six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) in a 59-49 loss to Temple.
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Fr., 6-6, 215, Cartersville, Ga.
- Was 29-for-40 for 295 yards and a score, and added a rushing touchdown, in a 27-7 win over No. 17 Boston College.
Jordan Love, Utah State, So., 6-4, 225, Bakersfield, Calif.
- Threw for a career-high 491 yards (32 of 42) and five touchdowns and also ran for a score in a 62-24 victory over San Jose State.
McKenzie Milton, UCF, Jr., 5-11, 185, Kapolei, Hawaii
- Completed 17 of 21 attempts for two yards and two scores, and carried seven times for 62 yards and a touchdown in a 35-24 win over Navy.
Gardner Minshew, Washington State, Sr., 6-2, 220, Brandon, Miss.
- Led the Cougars to a 31-7 victory over Colorado by throwing for 335 yards on 35 of 58 passing, and totaling three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing).
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, Jr., 5-10, 195, Allen, Texas
- Completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 349 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing 14 times for 66 yards.
Shea Patterson, Michigan, Jr., 6-4, 205, Shreveport, La.
- Was 18 for 27 for 260 yards and three touchdowns as Michigan downed Rutgers, 42-7.