FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 28, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the quarterbacks who comprise the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list for the fourth week of the college football season. The eight signal callers combined for 3,016 passing yards and accounted for 37 total touchdowns, an average of 377 yards and 4.6 touchdowns per player.
The quarterbacks on the Week 4 Great 8 list are: Louisiana Tech’s Luke Anthony, K.J. Costello of Mississippi State, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Dillon Gabriel of UCF, Miami’s D’Eriq King, Skylar Thompson of Kansas State, Florida’s Kyle Trask and Zach Wilson of BYU. Ehlinger, Gabriel and King are all on the list for the second time this season.
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 for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The additions of Anthony, Costello, Thompson and Wilson make the updated list 39 players.
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.
Luke Anthony, Louisiana Tech, Sr., 6-1, 210, Dallas, Texas
- Accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) and threw for more than 300 yards (17-for-30, 314 yards) in a 66-38 triumph over Houston Baptist.
K.J. Costello, Mississippi State, Sr., 6-5, 225, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
- Set an SEC and school record with 623 passing yards (36-for-60) and fired five touchdown passes in his Bulldog debut, a 44-34 win at No. 6 LSU.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Sr., 6-3, 225, Austin, Texas
- Totaled six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) and had 262 passing yards and 69 rushing yards in the Longhorns’ 63-56 overtime win over Texas Tech.
Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawaii
- Had 400-plus passing yards (408) and four touchdown tosses for the second straight week (32-of-47 passing) as UCF defeated East Carolina, 51-28.
D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 202, Manvel, Texas
- Was 29-for-40 for 267 yards and two touchdowns and carried eight times for 65 yards as Miami downed Florida State, 52-10.
Skylar Thompson, Kansas State, Sr., 6-2, 223, Independence, Mo.
- Steered the Wildcats to a 21-point comeback win at No. 3 Oklahoma (38-35), accounting for four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 passing) and 344 yards of total offense.
Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 240, Manvel, Texas
- Tossed six touchdown passes and threw for 416 yards, completing 30 of 42 attempts in Florida’s 51-35 victory over Ole Miss.
Zach Wilson, BYU, Jr., 6-3, 210, Draper, Utah
- Completed 23 of 28 attempts for 392 yards and two scores, and added a pair of rushing touchdowns, in a 48-7 win over Troy.