Davey O’Brien Award Names First Great 8 Quarterbacks For 2020

Davey O’Brien Award Names First Great 8 Quarterbacks For 2020

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 14, 2020) — A trio of freshmen as well as a pair of previous Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award semifinalists are among the quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list for Week 2 of the 2020 college football season.

This week’s Great 8 list includes: Louisville junior Micale Cunningham, senior Sam Ehlinger of Texas, UTSA junior Frank Harris, junior Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, Louisiana senior Levi Lewis, freshman Grayson McCall of Coastal Carolina, Oklahoma freshman Spencer Rattler and freshman Jeff Sims of Georgia Tech.

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 added this week are Harris, McCall, Rattler and Sims.

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.

Davey O’Brien Award Great 8: Week 2

Micale Cunningham, Louisville, Jr., 6-1, 200, Montgomery, Ala.

  • Completed 19 of 34 passes for a career-high 343 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns (three passing) in a 35-21 victory over Western Kentucky.

Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Sr., 6-3, 225, Austin, Texas

  • Threw five touchdown passes and connected on 25 of 33 attempts for a school-record 426 passing yards in a half in Texas’ 59-3 win over UTEP.

*Frank Harris, UTSA, Jr., 6-0, 200, Schertz, Texas

  • Ran for 51 yards and three touchdowns and was 23-for-31 for 169 yards and a score in UTSA’s 51-48 double-overtime victory over Texas State.

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.

  • Passed for 351 yards and a touchdown (22 of 28) and added a pair of rushing scores as Clemson defeated Wake Forest, 37-13.

Levi Lewis, Louisiana, Sr., 5-10, 184, Baton Rouge, La.

* Led Louisiana to its first-ever road win over a ranked team and first top-25 win since 1996 by completing 13 of 21 passes for 154 yards and a score in a 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State.

*Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, R-Fr., 6-3, 200, Indian Trail, N.C.

  • Had five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and more than 200 total yards of offense (133 passing, 73 rushing) in a 38-23 win at Kansas.

*Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, R-Fr., 6-1, 198, Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Passed for 290 yards (14-for-17) and four touchdowns in the first half of his first career college start as Oklahoma downed Missouri State, 48-0.

*Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech, Fr., 6-3, 215, Jacksonville, Fla.

  • In his collegiate debut, amassed 341 yards of offense (277 passing, 64 rushing) and a passing touchdown as the Yellow Jackets notched a 16-13 comeback win at Florida State.

*Officially added to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Midseason Watch List.


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