FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 7, 2019) – Five seniors are among the eight quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” list for week six 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: Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Joe Burrow of LSU, Texas Tech’s Jett Duffey, Sam Howell of North Carolina, San Jose State’s Josh Love, Jake Luton of Oregon State, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy and Khalil Tate of Arizona. 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 currently 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 6 “Great 8” Performances:
Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 212, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
- Had more touchdown passes (5) than incompletions (4), as he went 16-for-20 passing for 261 yards and five scores in a 52-0 shutout of Bowling Green.
Joe Burrow, LSU, Sr., 6-4, 216, Athens, Ohio
- Totaled six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) and 386 yards (344 passing, 42 rushing) in a 42-6 victory over Utah State.
Jett Duffey, Texas Tech, Jr., 6-1, 195, Mansfield, Texas
- Led Texas Tech to a 45-35 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State by completing 26 of 44 passes for 424 yards and four touchdowns and adding one rushing score.
Sam Howell, North Carolina, Fr., 6-1, 225, Indian Trail, N.C.
- Completed 33 of 51 pass attempts for 376 yards and four touchdowns, setting or tying North Carolina freshman records in each category, in a 38-22 triumph at Georgia Tech.
Josh Love, San Jose State, Sr., 6-2, 205, Mission Viejo, Calif.
- Set a career high with 405 passing yards (24-for-36) and threw two touchdown passes against no interceptions in a 32-21 win over New Mexico.
Jake Luton, Oregon State, Sr., 6-7, 229, Marysville, Wash.
- Amassed six total touchdowns, including a career-high five passing TDs, while topping 300 total yards (285 passing, 27 rushing) in a 48-31 victory over UCLA.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, So., 6-1, 210, Gilbert, Ariz.
- Contributed four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing), and was 19-for-24 passing for 247 yards and gained 102 rushing yards on 12 carries in a 49-24 win over TCU.
Khalil Tate, Arizona, Sr., 6-2, 215, Inglewood, Calif.
- Passed for a career-high 401 yards (31 of 41 passing) and tossed three touchdown passes while also rushing for 23 yards as Arizona defeated Colorado, 35-30.