FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 18, 2019) – From its list of 16 semifinalists, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced its Great 8 quarterbacks for the 12th week of the college football season. The eight quarterbacks combined to pass for 2,892 yards (361.5 per player) and 33 touchdowns (4.1 per player).
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, are: LSU’s Joe Burrow, Justin Fields of Ohio State, Washington State’s Anthony Gordon, Justin Herbert of Oregon, Utah’s Tyler Huntley, Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Brady White of Memphis.
The winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week Award will be announced Tuesday. This is the final week of the Great 8 and Quarterback of the Week honors this season.
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.
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 12 “Great 8” Performances:
Joe Burrow, LSU, Sr., 6-4, 216, Athens, Ohio
- Was 32-for-42 for a career-high 489 yards and five touchdowns, and also completed a school-record 17 straight pass attempts in a 58-37 victory at Ole Miss.
Justin Fields, Ohio State, So., 6-3, 223, Kennesaw, Ga.
- Helped keep Ohio State unbeaten by throwing as many touchdown passes (4) as incompletions (15 of 19, 305 yards) in a 56-21 win at Rutgers.
Anthony Gordon, Washington State, Sr., 6-3, 210, Pacifica, Calif.
- Topped the 500-yard passing mark (520) and tossed five touchdown strikes while connecting on 44 of 60 passes in a 49-22 victory over Stanford.
Justin Herbert, Oregon, Sr., 6-6, 237, Eugene, Ore.
- Was 20-for-28 passing for 333 yards and four scores and topped both the 10,000-total yard mark and 100-touchdown plateau for his career as the Ducks defeated Arizona, 34-6.
Tyler Huntley, Utah, Sr., 6-2, 205, Dania, Fla.
- Connected on 14 of 18 throws for 335 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and also added a score on the ground, in a 49-3 rout of UCLA.
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-2, 218, Houston, Texas
- Led Oklahoma to its largest comeback ever (down 28-3) by totaling 411 yards (297 passing, 114 rushing) and going 30 of 42 with four touchdown passes in a 34-31 win at No. 13 Baylor.
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, So., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.
- Guided Clemson to its ACC record-tying sixth straight game with at least 45 points by completing 21 of 27 passes for 272 yards and four TDs in a 52-3 win triumph over Wake Forest.
Brady White, Memphis, Jr., 6-3, 215, Newhall, Calif.
- Accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) and was 22-for-33 for 341 yards as Memphis came from behind to down Houston, 45-27.