FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 12, 2021) — Texas A&M’s Zach Calzada has been selected the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week after guiding the Aggies to a 41-38 upset of No. 1 Alabama on Saturday night.
Calzada, who was also named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, completed 21 of 31 passes (67.7 percent) for 285 yards and three touchdowns. The sophomore from Sugar Hill, Ga., had a 90.0 total quarterback rating against the Tide defense, which had allowed just 18.5 points per game prior to Saturday.
In the fourth quarter, he threw a game-tying 25-yard touchdown pass with three minutes left, and then led Texas A&M on an 8-play, 54-yard drive over the final 2:08 that resulted in a game-winning 28-yard field goal with no time left.
The other quarterbacks on the Great 8 list in week six, which featured the first-ever “Davey Double” Great 8 based on the epic weekend across the country, were: Gerry Bohanon of Baylor, 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.
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.
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
Week 5 (Oct. 5) – Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Week 6 (Oct. 12) – Zach Calzada, Texas A&M