FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 5, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has revealed the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s Great 8 quarterbacks for week five of the college football season. Five of the eight performances came in wins over teams ranked among the nation’s top 25.
The quarterbacks on this week’s Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list are: SMU’s Shane Buechele, 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.
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 Corral, Duggan, Leary and Smith make the updated list 43 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.
Shane Buechele, SMU, Sr., 6-1, 207, Arlington, Texas
- Passed for 474 yards, the third-highest mark in school history, and had 501 yards of total offense, while completing 32 of 45 passes as SMU downed No. 25 Memphis, 30-27.
Matt Corral, Ole Miss, So., 6-1, 205, Ventura, Calif.
- Threw nearly as many touchdown passes (4) as incompletions (24 of 29, 320 yards), and also ran for 51 yards, in a 42-41 overtime win over Kentucky.
Max Duggan, TCU, So., 6-2, 201, Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Led TCU to a 33-31 victory over No. 9 Texas by totaling 310 yards of offense (231 passing, 79 rushing) and scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns, including the game winner.
Mac Jones, Alabama, Jr., 6-3, 214, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Topped the 400-yard passing mark with a career-best 435 while completing 20 of 27 passes with four touchdowns in a 52-24 win over No. 13 Texas A&M.
Devin Leary, NC State, So., 6-1, 212, Sicklerville, N.J.
- Steered NC State to a 30-29 win at No. 24 Pittsburgh by connecting on 28 of 44 attempts for 336 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, Fr., 6-3, 200, Indian Trail, N.C.
- Was 20-of-29 passing for 322 yards and four scores, and added 17 rushes for 44 yards, in a 52-23 win over Arkansas State.
Zach Smith, Tulsa, Sr., 6-3, 227, Grandview, Texas
- Guided Tulsa to an 18-point comeback victory (34-26) to snap No. 11 UCF’s 21-game home winning streak by completing 17 of 29 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns.
Zach Wilson, BYU, Jr., 6-3, 210, Draper, Utah
- Connected on 92.3 percent of his passes (24-for-26), totaled five touchdowns (three rushing, two passing) and had 368 yards of offense (325 passing, 43 rushing) in a 45-14 win over Louisiana Tech.