The nation’s most prestigious quarterback award, named for a TCU quarterback, has a chance to land in the hands of a TCU quarterback for the first time.
Trevone Boykin was named a finalist Tuesday night for the Davey O’Brien Award, presented annually by the Davey O’Brien Foundation of Fort Worth. The last four winners — Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton — have also won the Heisman Trophy.
No TCU quarterback has won, or even been a finalist, for the award, named for the Heisman-winning quarterback who led the Horned Frogs to the national championship in 1938. The award has been presented since 1981 by the Davey O’Brien Foundation of Fort Worth. Andy Dalton was a semifinalist in 2010.
Boykin leads the Big 12 Conference and is No. 3 in the country in total offense with 356.9 yards per game. He is leading an offense that has lifted the Horned Frogs to the No. 5 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings.
The junior from Dallas, who has also played running back and receiver at TCU, is joined as a finalist by Marcus Mariota of second-ranked Oregon and Dak Prescott of fourth-ranked Mississippi State.
In his first year as a full-time quarterback, operating the “Air Raid” offense, Boykin has set school records for passing yards in a season (3,021) and total offense in a season (3,569) with two games to go. The Horned Frogs are the second-highest scoring offense in the country (45.9 points per game) and fourth-best in yards (541.6 per game).
Boykin is the third quarterback in the past five years to average more than 300 yards passing (302.1) and 50 yards rushing (54.8). The other two were Heisman winners Griffin and Manziel.
The O’Brien winner will be announced on Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla. The event will be televised by ESPN at 6 p.m.