FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 23, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the eight quarterbacks who comprise the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list based on their performances in week 12 of the college football season.
The quarterbacks on this week’s Great 8 list include: Dustin Crum of Kent State, Georgia’s JT Daniels, Kaleb Eleby of Western Michigan, Texas State’s Brady McBride, Michael Penix Jr. of Indiana, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma and Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder. With four being first-time Great 8 honorees this season (Crum, Daniels, Eleby and McBride), 52 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 is added to the Midseason Watch List, which will be announced Tuesday, and will be eligible for the inclusion on the Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2020. Following the additions of Daniels, Eleby and McBride, 62 players now comprise the current midseason 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.
Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 207, Grafton, Ohio
- Amassed 452 total yards (348 passing, 104 rushing) and five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in a 69-35 win over Akron.
*JT Daniels, Georgia, So., 6-3, 210, Irvine, Calif.
- Set career highs in passing yards (401) and passing touchdowns (four), while completing 28 of 38 attempts as Georgia defeated Mississippi State, 31-24.
*Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan, So., 6-1, 215, Maryland Heights, Mo.
- Passed for 382 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 31.8 yards per completion, and added a rushing score in a 52-44 victory over Central Michigan.
*Brady McBride, Texas State, So., 6-0, 204, Coppell, Texas
- Completed 32 of 45 passes for 443 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions as Texas State downed Arkansas State, 47-45.
Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, So., 6-3, 218, Tampa, Fla.
- Threw for a career-high 491 yards, including 294 during a furious second-half rally, and five touchdowns (27-for-51), in a 42-35 loss at No. 3 Ohio State.
Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh, Sr., 6-2, 220, Oakhurst, N.J.
- Topped the 400-yard passing mark (404) by completing 35 of 52 throws, and had three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in a 47-14 win over Virginia Tech.
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, Fr., 6-1, 205, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Led Oklahoma to a 41-13 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State by connecting on 17 of 24 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns and also rushing for one score.
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., 6-4, 215, Louisville, Ky.
- Accounted for 395 yards of offense (338 passing, 57 rushing) and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) as Cincinnati beat UCF, 36-33.
*Added to 2020