FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 9, 2019) – Three quarterbacks from the Big Ten Conference are among the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” performers for week two of the college football season, according to the list revealed Monday by the Davey O’Brien Foundation.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: LSU’s Joe Burrow, 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. 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 VoteOBrien.org. 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 DaveyOBrien.org.
Week 2 “Great 8” Performances:
Joe Burrow, LSU, Sr., 6-4, 216, Athens, Ohio
- Guided LSU to a 45-38 win at No. 9 Texas with a career-best 471 yards passing, as he completed 31 of 39 attempts with four touchdowns.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Jr., 6-3, 230, Austin, Texas
- Totaled 461 yards of total offense (401 passing, 60 rushing) and five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in a 45-38 loss to No. 6 LSU.
Justin Fields, Ohio State, So., 6-3, 223, Kennesaw, Ga.
- Completed 20 of 25 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns and added 42 rushing yards and two scores in a 42-0 victory over Cincinnati.
Justin Herbert, Oregon, Sr., 6-6, 237, Eugene, Ore.
- Threw nearly as many touchdown passes (5) as incompletions (7) as he connected on 19 of 26 throws for 310 yards in a 77-6 triumph over Nevada.
Josh Jackson, Maryland, Jr., 6-2, 218, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Led Maryland to a 63-20 upset win over No. 21 Syracuse by throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns while completing 21 of 38 attempts.
Steven Montez, Colorado, Sr., 6-5, 230, El Paso, Texas
- Threw for 375 yards (28-for-41, 2 TDs), including a school-record 96-yard touchdown strike, to lead Colorado to a 17-point comeback win over No. 25 Nebraska (34-31 in OT).
Elijah Sindelar, Purdue, Sr., 6-4, 225, Princeton, Ky.
- Eclipsed the 500-yard passing mark (509 on 34-for-53 passing) and totaled six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) as Purdue defeated Vanderbilt, 42-24.
Kedon Slovis, USC, Fr., 6-2, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Set a USC freshman starting debut record with 377 passing yards (28 of 32), while throwing three touchdowns, in a 45-20 win over No. 23 Stanford.