NC State’s Leary Named National Quarterback of the Week

NC State’s Leary Named National Quarterback of the Week

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 28, 2021) — Sophomore Devin Leary of NC State has been named the week four Davey O’Brien Award National Quarterback of the Week for his efforts in the Wolfpack’s 27-21 double-overtime upset of No. 9 Clemson on Saturday.

Against the Tigers, Leary connected on 32 of 44 passes (72.7 percent) for 238 yards and matched his career high with four touchdown passes against no interceptions. All four Wolfpack touchdowns came courtesy of Leary’s arm, including the game-tying and game-winning touchdown strikes in the overtime periods. Heading into the game, the Clemson defense had not allowed an offensive touchdown in 2021.

Leary also received ACC Quarterback of the Week and FBS Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week accolades after leading NC State to its first victory over a top-10 foe since 2012 and its first win over Clemson since 2011.

The other quarterbacks on the Great 8 list in week four were Gerry Bohanon of Baylor, Fresno State’s Jake Haener, KJ Jefferson of Arkansas, Charlotte’s Chris Reynolds, Jeff Sims of Georgia Tech, Texas’ Casey Thompson and Bryce Young of Alabama.

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 $1.2 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



2021 National Quarterback of the Week Winners

Week 1 (Sept. 8) – Bryce Young, Alabama

Week 2 (Sept. 15) – Anthony Brown, Oregon

Week 3 (Sept. 21) – Matt Corral, Ole Miss

Week 4 (Sept. 28) – Devin Leary, NC State


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