Gators’ Will Grier Named Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week

By  //  October 8, 2015

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After leading Florida to a win over No. 3 Ole Miss, redshirt freshman Will Grier has been named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week for week five of the college football season. (Image by Nealy Kehres)

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA (GatorZone.com) – After leading Florida to a win over No. 3 Ole Miss, redshirt freshman Will Grier has been named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week for week five of the college football season.

Grier, who battled the flu during the week, connected on a career-high four touchdown passes and had just five incompletions (24 of 29, 271 yards) in a 38-10 triumph over the Rebels. All four of his scoring strikes came in the first half as Florida built a 25-0 halftime lead.

The 38 points scored were the third-most ever by the Gators against an opponent ranked among the nation’s top three.

Will Grier

Will Grier

It was the fourth time this season that Grier has thrown multiple touchdown passes, and was his second straight game with at least 250 passing yards.

The native of Davidson, N.C., currently ranks among the nation’s top 20 in three statistical categories–touchdown passes (T-15th, 10), points responsible for (T-17th, 72) and completion percentage (20th, .672)

He is the second freshman to win the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week award this season, joining UCLA’s Josh Rosen (Sept. 9).

In addition, Grier is the first SEC quarterback to take home the honor since Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott on Oct. 7, 2014.

All 128 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly award, which is determined by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee.

The other “Great 8” quarterbacks in week five were: Kyle Allen of Texas A&M, Arizona State’s Mike Bercovici, Trevone Boykin of TCU, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty, Blake Frohnapfel of UMass, Seth Russell of Baylor and Houston’s Greg Ward Jr.

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The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner will be announced on Dec. 10 during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards. The winner is not required to have won a weekly award during the season. A list of 16 semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 2, while the three finalists will be named on Nov. 24.


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