Thompson-Robinson Honored as National QB of the Week
The Davey O'Brien Foundation has selected UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson as the National Quarterback of the Week for week six of the college football season. The Bruin signal caller accounted for five touchdowns in the win over No. 11 Utah last Saturday in Rose Bowl Stadium while completing 18 of 23 passing attempts (.782) for four scores and 299 yards.
Thompson-Robinson led UCLA to touchdowns on its first four drives (three passing TDs and one rushing TD by Zach Charbonnet) of the second half to put the home team in front 42-25 after the Bruins enjoyed a 14-10 halftime advantage. Thompson-Robinson's fourth touchdown toss of the game was his 76th career scoring pass which lifted him past Brett Hundley (2011-14) and into the top spot at UCLA all-time in the category. The .782 passing percentage marked the fifth time in six outings that DTR has surpassed .720 completion percentage in a game this season. His 18 completions pushed Thompson-Robinson (716) past Josh Rosen (712) and into second-place all-time at UCLA behind only Hundley (837). The team has now won nine straight games which is the second-longest current streak in the country and its longest win streak since UCLA captured a school record 20 consecutive victories over the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
The redshirt senior enters this week's games rated second in the nation in completion percentage (.748) and sixth in the country in passing efficiency (180.6). He is first in the Pac-12 in each category. Over the course of UCLA's current nine-game winning streak, Thompson-Robinson has completed .732 of his passes (175-239) while throwing for 2,280 yards, 22 TDs and five interceptions. He has run 74 times for 472 yards (6.4 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He has thrown at least one TD pass in each of the last nine games and in 16 of the last 17 contests. DTR continues to move up the UCLA charts and is just the third Bruin QB to record 10,000 yards of total offense (10,464 yards; (Cade McNown is second - 11,285). He has elevated to fourth on the school list in career passing yards with 9,051 yards and now is closing in on No. 3 Josh Rosen (2015-17, at 9,341).
The Davey O'Brien Foundation was created in 1977, and the National Quarterback Award, the oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award, was first issued in 1981. Over its time, the Davey O'Brien Foundation has given away more than a million dollars in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
In 1938, O'Brien, who wore No. 8 as a star quarterback for TCU, became the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.
Thompson-Robinson and the Bruins will play next at Oregon on Saturday, October 22, before returning home to host Stanford on Saturday October 29 in Rose Bowl Stadium. The FOX/FS1 broadcast of the Pac-12 Conference contest at Oregon will begin at 12:30 p.m.