Mason Rudolph garnered national attention with his play this week as he was recognized as one of the Great 8 finalists for Davey O’Brien Player of the Week this week.
The eight honorees, as determined by voting from the award’s selection subcommittee, include: J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, Georgia’s Jacob Eason, Jalen Hurts of Alabama, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Trevor Knight of Texas A&M, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State and California’s Davis Webb.
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.
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.
Rudolph set a school record with 540 passing yards (26 for 46), which included 372 in the first half, and tossed a pair of TD passes in a 45-38 win over Pittsburgh.
The Player of the Week will be announced on Tuesday.