FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 19, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the eight members of the Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list for the seventh week of the 2020 college football season. The eight quarterbacks accounted for 39 total touchdowns, an average of 4.9 per player.
The quarterbacks on this week’s Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list are: sophomore Jason Bean of North Texas, UCF sophomore Dillon Gabriel, junior Hendon Hooker of Virginia Tech, Alabama junior Mac Jones, junior Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, Florida State sophomore Jordan Travis, senior Brady White of Memphis and BYU junior Zach Wilson.
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. Forty-nine players now comprise the list following the additions of Bean, Hooker and Travis.
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 Week 7 Great 8
Jason Bean, North Texas, So., 6-3, 189, Mansfield, Texas
- Rushed 10 times for 169 yards and passed for 181 yards while totaling five touchdowns (three rushing, two passing) in a 52-35 win over Middle Tennessee.
Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawaii
- Set American Athletic Conference records with 601 passing yards (35-for-49) and 650 total yards while tallying six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) in a 50-49 loss to Memphis.
Hendon Hooker, Virginia Tech, Jr., 6-4, 220, Greensboro, N.C.
- Rushed for a career-high 164 yards and three touchdowns and was 11-for-15 passing for 111 yards and a score in a 40-14 win over Boston College.
Mac Jones, Alabama, Jr., 6-3, 214, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Topped the 400-yard passing mark for the third straight game, going 24 of 32 for 417 yards and four touchdowns in Alabama’s victory over No. 3 Georgia, 41-24.
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.
- Threw for 404 yards and five touchdowns (24 of 32) in just one half of action in Clemson’s ACC-record win over Georgia Tech (73-7).
Jordan Travis, Florida State, So., 6-1, 200, West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Led the Seminoles to a 31-28 upset against No. 5 North Carolina by totaling 298 yards (191 passing, 107 rushing) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing).
Brady White, Memphis, Sr., 6-3, 210, Santa Clarita, Calif.
- Tied an AAC record for touchdowns responsible for (7), going 34-for-50 for a school-record 486 yards and six touchdowns, and adding 30 rushing yards and a score while directing a 21-point comeback win (50-49) over UCF.
Zach Wilson, BYU, Jr., 6-3, 210, Draper, Utah
- Posted a 400-yard passing game, connecting on 25 of 35 attempts with five touchdowns, and rushed nine times for 40 yards in a 43-26 win over Houston.