FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 7, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced that SMU senior Shane Buechele has been selected as the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of Week for his performance during the fifth week of the college football season.
On Saturday, Buechele guided the Mustangs to a 30-27 victory over No. 25 Memphis by throwing for a career-high 474 yards and posting a personal-best 501 yards of total offense. Through the air, he completed 32 of 45 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions as SMU moved to 4-0 on the season. He also added 27 rushing yards on seven carries.
Buechele’s total yardage ranked second in school history, while his passing total was the third most in SMU annals. For his efforts, he also was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
The remaining quarterbacks on this week’s Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list were: Matt Corral of Ole Miss, TCU’s Max Duggan, Mac Jones of Alabama, NC State’s Devin Leary, Grayson McCall of Coastal Carolina, Tulsa’s Zach Smith and Zach Wilson of BYU.
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.