FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 8, 2019) – Texas Tech’s Jett Duffey has been voted the Davey O’Brien Foundation’s National Quarterback of the Week for his performance on Saturday in an upset win over Oklahoma State.
The Red Raiders defeated the 21st-ranked Cowboys, 45-35, for the team’s first victory over a ranked opponent at home since 2013. Making his first start of the season, Duffey accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and threw for 424 yards, the most by any quarterback in the nation in week six.
The junior from Mansfield, Texas, was making his first start of the season and the fourth of his career. In all, he completed 26 of 44 passes and topped the 400-yard plateau for the second time. Duffey, who was also named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, is the first National Quarterback of the Week winner from the league this season.
The other Great 8 quarterbacks in the season’s sixth week were: Ian Book of Notre Dame, LSU’s Joe Burrow, 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.
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.