FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 15, 2019) – For the second time in 2019, LSU’s Joe Burrow has been voted the Davey O’Brien Foundation’s National Quarterback of the Week, the Foundation announced. Burrow also claimed the honor in Week 2.
Burrow, a native of Athens, Ohio, led the Tigers to a 42-28 victory over No. 7 Florida on Saturday. On the evening, he connected on 21 of 24 passes and threw as many touchdown passes (3) as incompletions. He completed 87.5 percent of his pass attempts, topping the 80 percent mark for the third time in six games in 2019.
In all, Burrow amassed 336 yards of offense (293 passing, 43 rushing) as the Tigers totaled 511 yards. The Florida defense entered the game allowing just 9.5 points and 276.3 yards per game. For the game, his passing efficiency rating was 231.3 and his total quarterback rating was 98.1. The victory was Burrow’s sixth ever over a top-10 team, the most by any quarterback in LSU history.
Through seven weeks, Burrow leads the NCAA in passing efficiency (218.1) and completion percentage (.796), while ranking second in passing touchdowns (25), passing yards (2,157) and points responsible for (164). In addition, he is among the top 5 in total offense per game (3rd, 377.0) and total QBR (4th, 93.3).
Burrow, who was also named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against the Gators, is the second two-time National Quarterback of the Week award winner in 2019, joining Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.
The other Great 8 quarterbacks in the season’s seventh week were: Tagovailoa, Jack Abraham of Southern Miss, Louisville’s Evan Conley, Jayden Daniels of Arizona State, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Patrick O’Brien of Colorado State and Purdue’s Jack Plummer.
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.