FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 16, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has revealed the eight quarterbacks whose standout performances landed them on the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list for week 11.
The quarterbacks on this week’s Great 8 list include: Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Matt Corral of Ole Miss, UTSA’s Frank Harris, Sam Howell of North Carolina, Oregon’s Tyler Shough, Zach Smith of Tulsa, Florida’s Kyle Trask and Grant Wells of Marshall. With two being first-time Great 8 honorees this season (Shough and Wells), 48 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 Shough and Wells, 59 players now comprise the current 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.
Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 206, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
- Connected on 20 of 27 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns and carried 10 times for 85 yards and a score in a 45-31 victory over Boston College.
Matt Corral, Ole Miss, So., 6-1, 205, Ventura, Calif.
- Set a school record with 513 passing yards, going 28-of-32 with four touchdowns, and also had 20 rushing yards and a TD in a 59-42 win over South Carolina.
Frank Harris, UTSA, Jr., 6-0, 200, Schertz, Texas
- Helped UTSA to a school record 600 yards of offense by completing 22 of 26 attempts for a career-high 312 yards and three scores and rushing for 43 yards and two TDs against UTEP (52-21).
Sam Howell, North Carolina, So., 6-1, 225, Indian Trail, N.C.
- Set UNC records for passing yards (550), passing touchdowns (6) and total touchdowns (7) in the school’s biggest comeback win ever (21 points), a 59-53 triumph over Wake Forest.
*Tyler Shough, Oregon, So., 6-5, 221, Chandler, Ariz.
- Totaled nearly 400 yards of offense (312 passing, 81 rushing), going 21 of 30 passing with four touchdowns and averaging nine yards per carry, as Oregon defeated Washington State, 43-29.
Zach Smith, Tulsa, Sr., 6-3, 227, Grandview, Texas
- Led Tulsa to a 28-24 upset win over No. 19 SMU by completing 26 of 38 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns, including the winner with 2:11 left, in a 21-point comeback victory.
Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 240, Manvel, Texas
- Threw as many touchdown passes (6) as incompletions, as he was successful on 23 of 29 pass attempts for 356 yards in a 63-35 win over Arkansas.
*Grant Wells, Marshall, Fr., 6-2, 210, Charleston, W.Va.
- Was 25-for-37 passing for 336 yards and five touchdowns, and also rushed for 39 yards on eight carries as Marshall downed Middle Tennessee, 42-14.
*Added to 2020 Davey O’Brien Midseason Watch List