FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 30, 2019) – Three Big Ten Conference quarterbacks are among the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” performers for week five 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: SMU’s Shane Buechele, Sean Clifford of Penn State, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Tyler Huntley of Utah, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Tanner Morgan of Minnesota, Auburn’s Bo Nix and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama. The winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week Award will be announced Tuesday.
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 5 “Great 8” Performances:
Shane Buechele, SMU, Jr., 6-1, 207, Arlington, Texas
- Helped SMU improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1983 by completing 21 of 25 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for a score in a 48-21 win over USF.
Sean Clifford, Penn State, Jr., 6-2, 216, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Completed 26 of 31 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns and rushed seven times for 54 yards and a score in a 59-0 shutout of Maryland.
Justin Fields, Ohio State, So., 6-3, 223, Kennesaw, Ga.
- Was 15-for-21 passing for 212 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions and carried the ball 12 times for 72 yards and a TD in a 48-7 rout at Nebraska.
Tyler Huntley, Utah, Sr., 6-1, 205, Dania, Fla.
- Totaled four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) and was 21 of 30 for 334 passing yards and had 31 rushing yards on six carries in a 38-13 victory over Washington State.
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-2, 218, Houston, Texas
- Accounted for 485 yards of total offense in Oklahoma’s 900th all-time win, a 55-16 decision over Texas Tech, going 17 of 24 for 415 yards and three TDs and carrying nine times for 70 yards and a score.
Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, So., 6-2, 215, Union, Ky.
- Set a Big Ten single-game record for completion percentage with more than 13 attempts, connecting on 21 of 22 passes (95.5) for a career-best 396 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in a 38-31 win over Purdue.
Bo Nix, Auburn, Fr., 6-2, 207, Pinson, Ala.
- Tallied 391 yards of total offense in a 56-23 win over Mississippi State, completing 16 of 21 throws for 335 yards and two scores and adding 56 yards and a TD on the ground.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, Jr., 6-1, 281, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
- Totaled seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) and was 26-for-36 for 418 yards through the air as Alabama defeated Ole Miss, 59-31.