FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 22, 2019) – SMU junior Shane Buechele has been voted the Davey O’Brien Foundation’s National Quarterback of the Week for week eight of the college football season.
Buechele, a native of Arlington, Texas, led the Mustangs to an impressive 45-21 victory over Temple, which entered the game ranked 25th in the Coaches’ Poll. For the day, Buechele completed 30 of 53 attempts for a career-best 457 yards and a career-high and school-record six touchdown passes.
Through eight weeks, Buechele ranks among the NCAA’s top 10 in four major statistical categories. He is seventh in passing yards (2,122), 10th in touchdown passes (18), 10th in points responsible for (122) and 10th in total offense per game (313.3).
Buechele is the first National Quarterback of the Week winner from the American Athletic Conference this season. This week he has also been named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week and the American Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
The other Great 8 quarterbacks in the season’s eighth week were: LSU’s Joe Burrow, Sean Clifford of Penn State, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Anthony Gordon of Washington State, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma and Memphis’ Brady White.
In 1938, O’Brien, who starred at 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.