FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 10, 2016) - Three quarterbacks from the Pac-12, as well as a trio from the SEC, are among the eight quarterbacks named to the Davey O'Brien "Great 8" for week six of the 2016 season.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award's selection subcommittee, include: Washington's Jake Browning, USC's Sam Darnold,Joshua Dobbs of Tennessee, Luke Falk of Washington State, Alabama's Jalen Hurts, Texas A&M's Trevor Knight, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and Will Worth of Navy.
Dobbs is on the list for the fourth time this season, while Browning, Hurts and Knight are each appearing for the third time. The other four players are all honorees for the first time in 2016.
All 128 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor. The winner of the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Award, which will be one of the week's "Great 8" quarterbacks, will be announced Tuesday.
In 1938, Davey 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.
O'Brien was drafted fourth overall in the 1939 NFL Draft and earned Pro Bowl honors in his rookie season after setting a National Football League record for season passing yardage. The NFL's highest-paid player retired after the 1940 season to become an FBI agent.
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. The Davey O'Brien Fan Vote, now in its 10th year, gives fans a chance to play a role in determining the award winner by voting daily at VoteOBrien.org.
Since 1977, the Davey O'Brien Foundation has given away nearly $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit DaveyOBrien.org.
Week 5 "Great 8" Performances:
Jake Browning, Washington, So., 6-2, 209, Folsom, Calif.
- Threw a school-record six touchdown passes against just six incompletions (22-of-28, 304 yards) and rushed for two more scores in a 70-21 victory over Oregon.
Sam Darnold, USC, R-Fr., 6-4, 225, Capistrano Beach, Calif.
- Topped the 350-yard passing mark (25-for-37, 358 yards) and accounted for all three touchdowns as the Trojans upended 21st-ranked Colorado, 21-17.
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee, Sr., 6-3, 210, Alpharetta, Ga.
- Was 28-for-47 for 398 yards with one touchdown, and carried 17 times for 57 yards, in a 45-38 double-overtime loss to No. 8 Texas A&M.
Luke Falk, Washington State, Jr., 6-4, 216, Logan, Utah
- Threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns while completing 30 of 41 pass attempts as Washington State upset No. 15 Stanford by a 42-16 final.
Jalen Hurts, Alabama, Fr., 6-2, 209, Channelview, Texas
- Totaled four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) and connected on 13 of 17 passes for 253 yards in a 49-30 victory over No. 16 Arkansas.
Trevor Knight, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-1, 215, San Antonio, Texas
- Rushed 15 times for 110 yards and three touchdowns and was 17 of 34 for 239 yards and two scores in a 45-38 double-overtime win over No. 9 Tennessee.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-1, 212, Austin, Texas
- Connected on 22 of 31 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for one TD and 20 yards in a 45-40 victory over Texas.
Will Worth, Navy, Sr., 6-1, 205, Valrico, Fla.
- Helped Navy pull off its biggest upset since 1984 by running for 115 yards and a TD on 32 carries and completing 3 of 5 passes for 76 yards and two scores against No. 6 Houston.
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