FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 30, 2020) — The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the eight quarterbacks on the week 13 Davey O’Brien Great 8 List. All of the honorees are members of the Davey O’Brien Midseason Watch List announced last week.
The quarterbacks on this week’s Great 8 list include: Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Matt Corral of Ole Miss, UCF’s Dillon Gabriel, Frank Harris of UTSA, Alabama’s Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, Louisiana’s Levi Lewis and Brock Purdy of Iowa State. In all, 53 different quarterbacks received the weekly accolade in 2020.
All are eligible for the inclusion on the 35-member Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2020, which will be announced on Tuesday.
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.
- Had 327 total yards (279 passing, 48 rushing) and a touchdown, while completing 70 percent of his passes, as Notre Dame defeated No. 19 North Carolina, 31-17.
Matt Corral, Ole Miss, So., 6-1, 205, Ventura, Calif.
- Was 24-for-36 passing for 385 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 16.0 yards per completion, in a 31-24 win over Mississippi State.
Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawaii
- Totaled five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and threw for 336 yards (22 of 36) in a 58-46 victory over rival USF.
Frank Harris, UTSA, Jr., 6-0, 200, Schertz, Texas
- Rushed six times for 113 yards (18.8 yards per carry) and a touchdown and was 19-for-24 through the air for 144 yards and two TDs in a 49-17 win over North Texas.
Mac Jones, Alabama, Jr., 6-3, 214, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Led Alabama past No. 22 Auburn, 42-13, by connecting on 18 of 26 passing for 302 yards and five touchdowns in the Iron Bowl.
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.
- Topped the 400-yard passing mark (403) by completing 26 of 37 passes with a pair of touchdowns as Clemson downed Pittsburgh, 52-17.
Levi Lewis, Louisiana, Sr., 5-10, 184, Baton Rouge, La.
- Accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) with 147 passing yards and 55 rushing yards in a 70-20 win over ULM.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Jr., 6-1, 212, Gilbert, Ariz.
- Guided the Cyclones to a 23-20 comeback win at No. 17 Texas by going 25-for-36 for 312 yards with one touchdown through the air, and adding 19 rushing yards.