Tuesday, August 26, 2008

#4 Davey O'Brien

During his senior season in 1938 "Lil' Davey" completed 110 of 194 passes for 1,733 yards and 19 touchdowns. O'Brien was named to thirteen All-American teams and became the first college football player to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He set the all-time college record for most rushing and passing plays in one season (400), and became the first Heisman winner to emerge from the Southwest Conference. His college career reached its culmination on January 2, 1939 with 15-7 Sugar Bowl victory over Carnegie Tech, in which O'Brien kicked a field goal and threw a touchdown pass leading the Frogs to their second and most recent national title. He set marks in other positions as well. O'Brien finished his career holding records for most punts in a game (23), yards punted in a game (782), punt returns in a season and career (58 & 116), and tied for second in career interceptions (16). The best college quarterback in the country receives the Davey O'Brien award in his honor. In 1955 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

O'Brien went on to have a short stint in the NFL. In his first season, he passed for 1,324 yards, breaking his old TCU teammate Sammy Baugh's single season passing yardage record. In the last game of his second season, also the last game of his career, he set single game records for most attempts and completions by completing 33 of 60 passes for 316 yards against Baugh's Washington Redskins.

Up next, the only member of this list to have a restaurant named after him (as far as we know).

Morning Dump

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Upcoming semester brimming with sports action Daily Skiff

TCU comes into season without a lot of hyped Austin-American Statesman
-Old AP reprint

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-Gofrogs article

TCU Kicks off 2008 season at New Mexico GoFrogs.com

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CFB unit report Profantasysports.com

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Football rants Sporting News

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TCU men's basketball releases 2008-09 non-conference schedule GoFrogs.com

Cowboys trim roster to 75 Dallascaowboys.com
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