Rising Named to Davey O’Brien Award’s Weekly “Great 8”
FORT WORTH, Texas – University of Utah sophomore quarterback Cameron Rising has been named to the Davey O'Brien Award's weekly Great 8, announced on Monday following the Utes' road win over USC on Saturday.
In being named to the weekly honor roll, Rising also has been added to the award's midseason watch list and is eligible to be voted as a semifinalist, finalist or the winner of the 2021 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
Rising was outstanding in powering the Utah offense to victory, the first over the Trojans in Los Angeles since 1916. He had a 22-of-28 passing clip for 306 yards (13.9 yards per completion) and three touchdowns, plus a rushing score. Rising's completions, passing yards and total touchdowns were all career-highs.
Playing in his home state of California, Rising led four scoring drives of 75-plus yards, the most all week by a Pac-12 team. After a three-and-out on Utah's first series of the game, he proceeded to march the Utes forward for touchdowns on five of the team's next six possessions. Seven of Rising's 22 total completions went for 15 or more yards, totaling 192 passing yards.
Arguably the biggest momentum swing for the Utes came late in the second quarter, when Rising connected with Devaughn Vele for a 37-yard touchdown on a perfectly-executed, fourth-down flea flicker with 10 seconds before halftime. It gave Utah a double-digit lead for the rest of the night and highlighted the Utes' first 300-yard passing effort since the 2019 season. The strike to Vele was also Rising's longest touchdown pass as a Ute.
Utah returns to Rice-Eccles Stadium this Saturday night, Oct. 16, as the Utes host No. 18 Arizona State for an 8 p.m. MT kick on ESPN.
That week was so insane we had to do a double take! So we present to you our first-ever "Davey Double" Great 8, our top 16 quarterbacks from Week 6! #DaveyQBs
— Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (@daveyobrien) October 11, 2021