Quarterback of the Week – Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson Named Davey
 O’Brien Quarterback of the Week

October 3, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas – Following a dominant 48-17 win over then-No. 8 Nebraska, Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson has been named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week. The win sends the Badgers to 5-0 on the year and a 1-0 start in Big Ten play.

The senior connected on 14-of-20 pass attempts en route to collecting 255 passing yards. In only five games as a Badger, Wilson has thrown for at least two touchdowns in each game and has totaled 1,391 yards in the air. He currently ranks as the nation’s second-most efficient passer and has thrown for a touchdown in 29 straight games, the longest current streak in the nation.

“It’s huge for our football team, huge for our football program,” Wilson said. “And the fact that we came out with a win, the fact that we played a great game and defense stepped up and made some great plays for us and got the offense the ball back. And to play a great game like that against a great team in Nebraska, is pretty awesome.”

Despite trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Wilson and the rest of the Wisconsin team stepped up and put the game away, scoring five straight touchdowns to take a 41-14 lead. The Richmond, Va., native also collected 32 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground. Wisconsin, now ranked as the fourth-best team in the country, will take a bye week before hosting Indiana on Oct. 15.

Other quarterbacks who received votes in week five included:

Matt Barkley                USC                       Pac-12
Alex Carder                  Western Michigan   MAC
Robert Griffin III             Baylor                    Big 12
Andrew Luck                Stanford                  Pac-12
Denard Robinson          Michigan                 Big Ten
Nathan Scheelhaase     Illinois                     Big Ten
Tyler Wilson                 Arkansas                SEC

During the first eight weeks of the season, a subset of The O’Brien National Selection Committee will name a Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week. All 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks are candidates for the award until Semifinalists are announced Oct. 24. Finalists will be announced Nov. 21 and the 2011 O’Brien Winner will be announced Dec. 8.

About The O’Brien Fan Vote
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 2011 O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 8 on ESPN and will be honored at the 35th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner held at The Fort Worth Club on Feb. 20, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.

About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®
Founded in 1977, the Davey O’Brien Foundation recognizes champions on and off the field through awards programs encouraging academic and career success. 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. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org

American Airlines is the official travel partner of The O’Brien.

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