GENO SMITH NAMED
DAVEY O'BRIEN QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK
October 1, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - With a dominant performance that included 656 passing yards and eight touchdowns, West Virginia's Geno Smith has earned Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week honors. Smith's record-breaking afternoon helped guide the Mountaineers to a 70-63 win over the Baylor Bears.
While leading his team to their inaugural Big 12 Conference victory, the senior was nearly unstoppable completing 45-of-51 passes and setting a new school record with 14 straight completions at one point. Smith finished the game with more touchdowns than incomplete passes, and he now leads all NCAA Division I FBS quarterbacks with 20 touchdowns and no interceptions on the year.
"He's really amazing," West Virginia quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital said of Smith. "He is just so competitive."
Next up for Smith and the Mountaineers is their first-ever Big 12 road game against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday night.
Honorable Mention for Week Five:
David Ash, Texas, Big 12
Nick Florence, Baylor, Big 12
Sean Mannion, Oregon State, Pac-12
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC
Braxton Miller , Ohio State, Big Ten
Stephen Morris, Miami (FL), ACC
During the first eight weeks of the season, a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee will name a Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. All 124 FBS quarterbacks are candidates for the award until semifinalists are announced Oct. 22. Finalists will be announced Nov. 19 and the 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced Dec. 6.
About the Davey O'Brien Fan Vote
Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation's best college quarterback as often as once daily atwww.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process, and is combined with the results from the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 6 on ESPN and will be honored at the 36th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
About the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award®
The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O'Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $850,000 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 www.DaveyOBrien.org.
American Airlines is the official travel partner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
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