FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 25, 2019) – UCLA sophomore Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who guided the Bruins to a stunning comeback win over No. 19 Washington State on Saturday night, has been selected as the Davey O’Brien Foundation’s Quarterback of the Week for the fourth week of the 2019 college football season.
Thompson-Robinson set a school record with 564 yards of total offense and also accounted for seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing) in the 67-63 victory. In the second half, he threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns, while rallying the Bruins from a 32-point (49-17) third-quarter deficit.
In all, the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week completed 25 of 38 passes for 507 yards and also rushed for 57 yards on 11 carries. Thompson-Robinson became just the third player in UCLA history to throw for more than 500 yards in a game. He is the first Bruin to win the weekly honor since Josh Rosen on Sept. 7, 2017.
The other Great 8 quarterbacks recognized in the season’s fourth week were: Joe Burrow of LSU, Syracuse’s Tommy DeVito, Justin Fields of Ohio State, USC’s Matt Fink, Anthony Gordon of Washington State, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and Brock Purdy of Iowa State.
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 www.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.