FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 4, 2021) — The eight quarterbacks on the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list for week 5 were announced today by the Davey O’Brien Foundation.
This week’s Great 8 list features Sam Hartman of Wake Forest, Stanford’s Tanner McKee, N’Kosi Perry of Florida Atlantic, Iowa’s Spencer Petras, Kenny Pickett of Pitt, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, Will Rogers of Mississippi State and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud. McKee, Pickett, Ridder and Stroud are now among 10 players who have now received the honor twice 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 Hartman, Perry, Petras and Rogers, 54 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.
Sam Hartman, Wake Forest, R-So., 6-1, 208, Charlotte, N.C.
- Led the Demon Deacons to a 37-34 win over Louisville by throwing for 324 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 35 yards and a score.
Tanner McKee, Stanford, So., 6-6, 225, Corona, Calif.
- Threw three touchdown passes (20-for-36, 230 yards), including the game-tying score with no time remaining and the game-winner in overtime, in a 31-24 overtime upset of No. 3 Oregon.
N’Kosi Perry, Florida Atlantic, Sr., 6-4, 198, Ocala, Fla.
- Threw as many touchdown passes (3) as incompletions, going 18-for-21 for 329 yards and three scores, and adding a rushing TD in a 58-21 victory over FIU.
Spencer Petras, Iowa, Jr., 6-5, 233, San Rafael, Calif.
- Totaled five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and was 21 of 30 overall for 259 passing yards as the Hawkeyes downed Maryland, 51-14.
Kenny Pickett, Pitt, Sr., 6-3, 220, Oakhurst, N.J.
- Accounted for more than 400 total yards (389 passing, 21 rushing) and was 23-for-36 with four touchdowns through the air in a 52-21 victory over Georgia Tech.
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Sr., 6-4, 215, Louisville, Ky.
- Led the Bearcats past No. 9 Notre Dame, 24-13, by completing 19 of 32 passes for 297 yards and two scores and rushing for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Will Rogers, Mississippi State, So., 6-2, 210, Brandon, Miss.
- Passed for 408 yards and three touchdowns while completing 78 percent of his attempts (46-for-59) in a 26-22 victory at No. 15 Texas A&M.
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, R-Fr., 6-3, 218, Empire, Calif.
- Tossed five touchdowns and connected on 17 of 23 passes for 330 yards, good for 19.4 yards per completion, as the Buckeyes defeated Rutgers, 52-13.