FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 11, 2019) – LSU’s Joe Burrow has been voted the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week for week two of the 2019 college football season, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced.
The senior directed LSU to a 45-38 win at No. 9 Texas by throwing for a career-best 471 yards and four touchdowns. It was the Tigers’ first road victory over a Top 10 non-conference opponent in school history.
Burrow, a native of Athens, Ohio, also set career highs in completions (31 of 39) and total offense (479). His 471 passing yards and 479 yards of offense both rank as the second-highest totals in LSU history.
Through two games, Burrow is tied for the NCAA lead with nine touchdown passes. In addition, he ranks second in the nation in passing efficiency (219.1) and points responsible for (56), while also ranking in the top 10 in completion percentage (3rd, .818), passing yards (4th, 749) and total offense (8th, 379.5).
The other Great 8 quarterbacks in the season’s second week were: Sam Ehlinger of Texas, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Justin Herbert of Oregon, Maryland’s Josh Jackson, Steven Montez of Colorado, Purdue’s Elijah Sindelar and Kedon Slovis of USC.
In 1938, 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. 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 13th year, gives fans a chance to play a role in determining the award winner. Fans may vote daily for their favorite quarterback 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 www.DaveyOBrien.org.