FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 21, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced its Great 8 list of the top quarterback performances for week three of the 2020 college football season and all eight are first-time honorees this season.
The players on the Week 3 Great 8 list are: Ian Book of Notre Dame, SMU’s Shane Buechele, Dillon Gabriel of UCF, Boston College’s Phil Jurkovec, D’Eriq King of Miami, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, Tyler Vitt of Texas State and Liberty’s Malik Willis.
In 2020, any player named to a Great 8 list during the season who was not previously named to the Preseason Watch List will be added to the Midseason Watch List and will be eligible to be voted a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Those joining the list this week are Jurkovec, Pickett, Vitt and Willis.
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. Over its time, 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.
In 1938, O’Brien, who was 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. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 206, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
- Rushed for three touchdowns and was 12-for-19 for 143 yards through the air in a 52-0 blanking of USF.
Shane Buechele, SMU, Sr., 6-1, 207, Arlington, Texas
- Totaled five touchdowns (four passing) and 373 total yards (344 passing on 24 of 33 attempts) to lead SMU past North Texas, 65-35.
Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So, 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawaii
- Passed for a career-high 417 yards and four touchdowns, going 27-for-41, and added 30 rushing yards in a 49-21 victory over Georgia Tech.
Phil Jurkovec, Boston College, So., 6-5, 226, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Threw for 300 yards, connecting on 17 of 23 pass attempts, and tossed a pair of touchdowns in a 26-6 victory over Duke.
D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 202, Manvel, Texas
- Was 18-for-30 throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in a 47-34 ACC win at No. 18 Louisville.
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh, Sr., 6-2, 220, Oakhurst, N.J.
- Was 25-for-36 for 215 yards and two touchdowns and scored one TD on the ground to account for all three Pitt scores in a 21-10 win over Syracuse.
Tyler Vitt, Texas State, Jr., 6-2, 205, San Antonio, Texas
- Amassed 338 total yards (256 passing, 82 rushing) and three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) as Texas State downed ULM, 38-17.
Malik Willis, Liberty, Jr., 6-1, 215, Atlanta, Ga.
- Rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, and tacked on 133 passing yards in a 30-24 win over Western Kentucky.