FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 9, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the eight quarterbacks who make up the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list, a contingent that produced 29 total touchdowns and nearly 2,900 passing yards in week 10.
The quarterbacks on this week’s Great 8 list include: Ian Book of Notre Dame, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, D’Eriq King of Miami, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Michael Penix Jr., of Indiana, USC’s Kedon Slovis, Carson Strong of Nevada and Florida’s Kyle Trask. With three of the eight being first-time Great 8 honorees this season (Penix, Slovis and Strong), 46 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 Penix and Strong, 57 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.
- Led Notre Dame to a 47-40 double-overtime win over No. 1 Clemson by completing 22 of 39 passes for 310 yards and a touchdown and adding 68 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Justin Fields, Ohio State, Jr., 6-3, 228, Kennesaw, Ga.
- Threw more touchdown passes (5) than incompletions (4) while going 24-for-28 for 314 yards, and also added a rushing score, in a 49-27 victory over Rutgers.
D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 202, Manvel, Texas
- Amassed 536 total yards (430 passing, 105 rushing, one receiving) and connected on five touchdown passes (31 of 41 overall) in a 44-41 win over NC State.
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-3, 217, San Antonio, Texas
- Totaled five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and had 224 passing yards and 34 rushing yards as Texas A&M defeated South Carolina, 48-3.
*Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, So., 6-3, 218, Tampa, Fla.
- Led Indiana to a 38-31 win over No. 23 Michigan, the school’s first victory over the Wolverines since 1987, by completing 30 of 50 attempts for 342 yards and three TDs.
Kedon Slovis, USC, So., 6-2, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Tossed two touchdowns in the final three minutes in a 28-27 comeback win over Arizona State and had 402 total yards, including 381 passing (40-for-55).
*Carson Strong, Nevada, So., 6-4, 215, Vacaville, Calif.
- Threw for more than 400 yards (411) for the second time in three games (36 of 52) and tossed three touchdowns in a 34-9 win over Utah State.
Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 240, Manvel, Texas
- Connected on 30 of 43 passing attempts for 474 yards with four touchdowns as Florida defeated No. 5 Georgia, 44-28.
*Added to 2020 Davey O’Brien Midseason Watch List