FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 11, 2021) — On the heels of an extraordinary week of college football across the country, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has elected for the first time ever to honor 16 quarterbacks for their performances, making the week six group a Great 8 “Davey Double.”
This week’s Davey Double Great 8 list features: Baylor’s Gerry Bohanon, Zach Calzada of Texas A&M, Ole Miss’ Matt Corral, Dustin Crum of Kent State, Washington State’s Jayden de Laura, Frank Harris of UTSA, Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker, KJ Jefferson of Arkansas, Florida’s Emory Jones, Will Levis of Kentucky, Utah’s Cameron Rising, Carson Strong of Nevada, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, Jordan Travis of Florida State, Oklahoma’s Caleb Williams and Bailey Zappe of Western Kentucky. Corral and Stroud are the first two players to receive the honor three times this season.
Any player named to a Great 8 list during the season who was not previously named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s Preseason Watch List is officially added to the Midseason Watch List and becomes eligible for consideration for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Following this week’s additions of nine quarterbacks (Calzada, de Laura, Hooker, Jones, Levis, Rising, Travis, Williams and Zappe), 63 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 $1.2 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 www.DaveyOBrien.org.
Gerry Bohanon, Baylor, Jr., 6-3, 221, Earle, Ark.
- Was 18-for-29 passing for 336 yards and four touchdowns and added a rushing score in a 45-20 victory over West Virginia.
Zach Calzada, Texas A&M, So., 6-4, 210, Sugar Hill, Ga.
- Led the Aggies to a 41-38 last-second upset of No. 1 Alabama by completing 21 of 31 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
Matt Corral, Ole Miss, Jr., 6-2, 205, Ventura, Calif.
- Accounted for 381 total yards (287 passing, 95 rushing) and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in a 52-51 thriller over No. 13 Arkansas.
Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 207, Grafton, Ohio
- Topped the 400-yard passing mark (22-for-36, 407 yards, 3 TDs) and had 72 rushing yards and two more touchdowns in a 48-38 triumph over Buffalo.
Jayden de Laura, Washington State, So., 6-0, 190, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Completed 32 of 46 passes for a career-high 399 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars downed Oregon State, 31-24.
Frank Harris, UTSA, Sr., 6-0, 200, Schertz, Texas
- Amassed seven total touchdowns (six passing, one receiving) and 423 yards of offense (349 passing, 51 rushing, 23 receiving) in a 52-46 win over Western Kentucky.
Hendon Hooker, Tennessee, Sr., 6-4, 218, Greensboro, N.C.
- Was 17 of 23 passing for 225 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 20 times for 66 yards and a score as Tennessee defeated South Carolina, 45-20.
KJ Jefferson, Arkansas, So., 6-3, 245, Sardis, Miss.
- Logged three passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns while throwing for 326 yards (25 of 35) and running for 85 (20 carries) in a 52-51 loss to No. 17 Ole Miss.
Emory Jones, Florida, Sr., 6-2, 211, LaGrange, Ga.
- Was 14-for-22 passing for 273 yards and four touchdowns and averaged 8.0 yards per carry on five rushes in a 42-0 blanking of Vanderbilt.
Will Levis, Kentucky, Jr., 6-3, 232, Madison, Conn.
- Threw as many touchdown passes (3) as incompletions, as he was 14 of 17 passing for 145 yards and also carried 11 times for 75 yards and two TDs as Kentucky downed LSU, 42-21.
Cameron Rising, Utah, So., 6-2, 200, Ventura, Calif.
- Connected on 22 of 28 attempts for 306 passing yards and three scores and had 27 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 42-26 triumph over USC.
Carson Strong, Nevada, Sr., 6-4, 215, Vacaville, Calif.
- Tossed a career-high six touchdown passes while completing 25 of 32 attempts for 377 yards in three quarters during a 55-28 win versus New Mexico State.
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, R-Fr., 6-3, 218, Empire, Calif.
- Became the first quarterback in school history to pass for more than 400 yards (406) and five touchdowns with no interceptions (24 of 33 overall) in a 66-17 win over Maryland.
Jordan Travis, Florida State, So., 6-1, 201, West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Rushed 14 times for 121 yards and two scores and had more TD passes (3) than incompletions (2), going 11-for-13 for 145 yards, in a 35-25 win over North Carolina.
Caleb Williams, Oklahoma, Fr., 6-1, 218, Washington, D.C.
- Led OU to a 55-48 comeback victory over No. 21 Texas by coming off the bench to go 16-for-25 for 212 yards and two TDs and rushing four times for 88 yards and a score.
Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky, Sr., 6-1, 220, Victoria, Texas
- Connected on 38 of 60 passes for a career-best 523 yards, the No. 3 mark in school history, with five touchdown strikes in a 52-46 shootout loss to UTSA.