College Football Week 9: QB Country Players of the Week

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QB Country-trained starters went 12-4 in Week 9 (with two losses coming in head-to-head matchups) and continued a season-long streak of earning at least one of the nation’s top weekly quarterback awards. This week, three QBC trainees made the Davey O’Brien Great 8 list and two were named Manning Award Stars of the Week.

Co-Players of the Week

Drake Maye, North Carolina
Drake went 34-of-44 for 388 yards and 5 TDs and added 64 yards rushing in a 42-24 win over Pittsburgh. UNC is 4-0 in league play for the first time since going 8-0 in 2015. Drake was named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week, ACC Quarterback of the Week and Maxwell Award Player of the Week for Week 9.

Austin Aune, North Texas
Ausitn went 20-of-28 for 322 yards and 3 TDs in a 40-13 upset victory at Western Kentucky as North Texas improved to 4-1 in C-USA play. His 23 passing TDs leads C-USA and ranks fifth among all FBS QBs. Over his past two games he has thrown for 647 yards and six touchdowns to put the Mean Green one win away from bowl eligibility.

First Team

Chris Reynolds, Charlotte
Chris went 16-of-19 for 254 yards and tied a career-best with 5 TDs in Charlotte’s 56-23 win at Rice and earned Davy O’Brien Award Great 8, Manning Award Star of the Week, and C-USA Player of the Week honors. Chris engineered touchdown drives on seven consecutive possessions as the 49ers set school records for points scored in a C-USA game, points scored as an FBS program and margin of victory against a C-USA opponent. 

Bo Nix, Oregon
Bo went 27-of-35 for 412 yards and 3 TDs (2 INTs) and added 59 yards and 3 TDs on the ground in a 42-24 win over California. Bo is now one of five players in FBS history to have 20 TD passes and at least 10 TD runs through eight games, joining Jalen Hurts, D’Eriq King, Lamar Jackson, and Patrick Mahomes. He earned Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 honors for Week 9.

KJ Jefferson, Arkansas
KJ went 16-of-24 for 234 yards and a touchdown and added 45 yards and 2 TDs rushing in the Razorbacks’ 41-27 win at Auburn. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every start this season and has scored at least one rushing TD in all but two contests. He is one of just five FBS QBs with at least 15 TDs and just one interception.

N’Kosi Perry, FAU
N’Kosi 14-of-25 for 187 yards and 3 TDs and added 50 rushing yards to lead FAU to a 24-17 comeback victory over UAB.

FCS Spotlight: Matt McKay, Elon
Matt went 14-of-21 passes for 142 yards and 3 TDs in Elon’s upset win over then-No. 11 Delaware to put Elon back in the hunt for the FCS playoffs.

Best of the Rest
Carter Bradley, South Alabama: 17/24, 179 yards, 1 TD in 31-3 win over Arkansas State.
Holton Ahlers, ECU: 15/22, 197 yards in 27-24 win at BYU
Grayson McCall, Coastal: 13/24, 121 yards, 1 TD in 24-13 win over Marshall
Stetson Bennett, Georgia: 19/38, 316 yards, 2 TDs (2 INTs) in 42-20 win over Florida