FORT WORTH, Texas – University of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has been named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week after leading the Razorbacks to a 31-24 victory at Georgia last Saturday.
Mallett threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning strike to junior wide receiver Greg Childs. The 40-yard scoring play came with just 15 seconds left on the clock and culminated a three-play, 73-yard drive that began with the game tied and 47 seconds remaining on the game clock. The win improved Arkansas to 3-0 for the first time since 2003.
Mallett, who has collected 1,081 yards through the air this season and is completing passes at a .700 rate, leads the NCAA with 360.3 passing yards per game. His 359.3 yards of total offense per game and nine passing touchdowns also lead the SEC and rank third in the NCAA.
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The O’Brien honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The O’Brien is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $800,000 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.
Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation’s best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote counts as 5% during each round of the voting process, and it is combined with the results from The O’Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The 2010 O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show airing Dec. 9 on ESPN and will be honored at the 34th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner held at The Fort Worth Club on Feb. 21, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mallett also has picked up national offensive player of the week honors from The Walter Camp Foundation and Rivals.com and was named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Georgia.