FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 2, 2020) — Following another strong week of quarterback play across the country, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the eight quarterbacks who comprise the Week 9 Davey O’Brien Great 8 list.
The quarterbacks on this week’s Great 8 list include: Matt Corral of Ole Miss, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Rocky Lombardi of Michigan State, Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall, Desmond Ridder of Cincinnati, San Jose State’s Nick Starkel, Taulia Tagovailoa of Maryland and Florida’s Kyle Trask. With three of the eight being first-time Great 8 honorees this season (Lombardi, Starkel and Tagovailoa), 43 different quarterbacks have now received the accolade in 2020.
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. Following the additions of Lombardi, Starkel and Tagovailoa, 55 players now comprise the list.
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 wore No. 8 as 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.
Matt Corral, Ole Miss, So., 6-1, 205, Ventura, Calif.
- Threw twice as many touchdown passes (6) as incompletions (3), going 31-for-34 for 412 yards, and added 23 rushing yards in a 54-21 win over Vanderbilt.
Justin Fields, Ohio State, Jr., 6-3, 228, Kennesaw, Ga.
- Led the Buckeyes to a 38-25 victory against No. 18 Penn State by completing 28 of 34 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
*Rocky Lombardi, Michigan State, Jr., 6-4, 225, Clive, Iowa
- Steered the Spartans past instate rival and No. 13 Michigan by topping the 300-yard passing mark (323) and throwing three touchdowns in a 27-24 win.
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, Fr., 6-3, 200, Indian Trail, N.C.
- Totaled five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and connected on 18 of 24 attempts for 254 yards, 14.1 yards per completion, in a 51-0 win over Georgia State.
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., 6-4, 215, Louisville, Ky.
- Threw three touchdown passes (21 of 26 overall) and added two rushing scores while amassing 312 total yards in a 49-10 triumph over Memphis.
*Nick Starkel, San Jose State, Sr., 6-3, 214, Argyle, Texas
- Connected on 34 of 47 pass attempts for 467 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a 38-21 win over New Mexico.
*Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, So., 5-11, 205, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
- Helped Maryland to a 45-44 win versus Minnesota by going 26-for-35 for 394 yards and three touchdowns and rushing eight times for 64 yards and a pair of scores.
Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 240, Manvel, Texas
- Combined for nearly 400 yards of total offense (345 passing, 47 rushing) and threw four touchdown passes as Florida defeated Missouri, 41-17.
*Added to 2020 Davey O’Brien Midseason Watch List