Three AAC Quarterbacks Make Davey O’Brien Great 8 List

Three AAC Quarterbacks Make Davey O’Brien Great 8 List

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 16, 2019) – A trio of quarterbacks from the American Athletic Conference are among the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” performers for week three of the college football season, according to the announcement made Monday by the Davey O’Brien Foundation.

The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: Jack Abraham of Southern Miss, Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Dillon Gabriel of UCF, Duke’s Quentin Harris, Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma, Navy’s Malcolm Perry, Anthony Russo of Temple and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. The winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week Award will be announced Wednesday.

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 by voting daily at Fan voting is now open.

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


Week 3 “Great 8” Performances:

Jack Abraham, Southern Miss, Jr., 6-0, 204, Oxford, Miss.

  • Totaled nearly 500 yards of offense in a 47-42 win over Troy, as he completed 28 of 36 passes for 463 yards and two TDs and added 26 rushing yards and a score.

Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 212, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

  • Passed for 360 yards (15-for-25) and five touchdowns and carried the ball nine times for 46 yards and a TD in a 66-14 rout of New Mexico.

Dillon Gabriel, UCF, Fr., 6-0, 186, Mililana, Hawaii

  • Led UCF to a 45-27 victory over Stanford by completing 22 of 30 passes for 347 yards and a school freshman-record four touchdowns against no interceptions.

Quentin Harris, Duke, Sr., 6-1, 200, Wilton, Conn.

  • Threw more touchdown passes than incompletions by going 24-for-27 for 237 yards and four scores, and also added 107 rushing yards on 11 carries in a 41-18 win over Middle Tennessee.

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-2, 218, Houston, Texas

  • Accumulated 439 yards of offense (289 passing, 150 rushing) and four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in a 48-14 win at UCLA.

Malcolm Perry, Navy, Sr., 5-9, 190, Clarksville, Tenn.

  • Topped 150 yards passing (5-for-7, 151 yards) and rushing (24 carries, 156 yards) and amassed six touchdowns (four rushing, two passing) as the Midshipmen defeated East Carolina, 42-10.

Anthony Russo, Temple, Jr., 6-4, 235, Doylestown, Penn.

  • Directed Temple to a 20-17 upset win over No. 21 Maryland by throwing for 277 yards (20 of 37) and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, Jr., 6-1, 281, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

  • Tossed five touchdown passes while connecting on 28 of 36 pass attempts for a career-best 444 yards in a 47-23 victory over South Carolina.
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