OU Football Tradition | Award Winners

Davey O'Brien Award | Official Site
The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, is presented annually to the collegiate player adjudged by the Davey O'Brien Foundation to be the best of all National Collegiate Athletic Association quarterbacks.
 
Sam Bradford
  2008 | Sam Bradford

Leading the most explosive offense in college football during the 2008 season, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford completed 328 of his 483 pass attempts for 4,720 yards with eight interceptions and 50 touchdowns. He led the nation in passing efficiency and also scored five rushing touchdowns on the year.
 
Bradford, a sophomore, broke Jason White's school record for touchdowns in a season (50) and in a career (86). He threw for 468 yards against Kansas which ranks first in OU history for passing yards in a game.
 
In addition, Bradford surpassed Florida's Rex Grossman with most touchdowns through the freshman and sophomore year with 86.
 
Bradford is the fourth Oklahoma player to win the O'Brien, following Jason White in 2003 and '04, and Billy Sims in 1978.
 
 Passing Statistics  
 Season
G-GS
Eff
Cmp
Att
Int
Pct
Yds
TDs
Long
Avg/Game
 2007
14-14
176.53
237
341
8
.695
3,121
36
65
222.9
 2008
14-14
180.84
328
483
8
.679
4,720
50
77
337.1
 2009*
3-3
134.50
39
69
0
.565
562
2
64
187.3
 Totals
31-31
175.62
604
893
16
.676
8,403
88
77
* injured during season
  
  2004 | Jason White

Jason WhiteOklahoma quarterback Jason White won the Davey O'Brien Award for the second consecutive season in 2004 after leading the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game in the 2005 FedEx Orange Bowl.
 
White completed a career-best 65.3 percent of his passes in 2004 for 2,961 yard and 33 touchdowns with just six interceptions. The Tuttle, Okla., native led the Sooners to a second consecutive undefeated season, a Big 12 Championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game in the 2005 FedEx Orange Bowl.
 
White passed Josh Heupel in the 2004 Big 12 Championship Game as OU's all-time career passing leader with 7,678 yards.
 
The 2003 Heisman Trophy winner returned for his sixth season in 2004 after suffering injuries in 2001 and 2002.
 
 Passing Statistics  
 Season
G-GS
Eff
Cmp
Att
Int
Pct
Yds
TDs
Long
Avg/Game
 1999
2-0
87.8
1
2
0
.500
9
0
9
4.5
 2001
7-2
124.5
73
113
3
.646
681
5
45
97.3
 2002*
2-2
101.5
20
34
2
.588
181
1
32
90.5
 2003
14-14
158.1
278
451
10
.616
3,846
40
77
274.7
 2004
13-13
159.4
255
390
9
.654
3,205
35
72
246.5
 Totals
38-31
152.7
627
990
24
.633
7,922
81
77
* injured during season
 
  2003 | Jason White

Jason WhiteOklahoma quarterback Jason White capped his return from two serious knee injuries by becoming the nation's top-rated passer while leading the third-ranked Sooners to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game in the Sugar Bowl.
 
White completed 278 of 451 passes for 3,846 yards, with 40 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. And that's despite missing about six quarters of playing time in the Sooners' blowouts.

It's easy to forget that White was one of the few question marks for the Sooners coming into this season.

His two previous years ended with knee injuries, robbing him of the speed that was considered a real asset. After recovering from his second knee surgery, White had to fight off a challenge from three other quarterbacks to reclaim his starting spot. That competition lasted through spring practices and was expected to resume during the fall, but coach Bob Stoops ended the doubt by making White his starter.

Once in the starting lineup, White flourished.
 
"He's had one of the greatest years of any quarterback ever," Oklahoma offensive coordinator Chuck Long said. ``It's a great story for anyone. People could learn a lot from his determination." 
 
 Passing Statistics  
 Season
G-GS
Eff
Cmp
Att
Int
Pct
Yds
TDs
Long
Avg/Game
 1999
2-0
87.8
1
2
0
.500
9
0
9
4.5
 2001
7-2
124.5
73
113
3
.646
681
5
45
97.3
 2002*
2-2
101.5
20
34
2
.588
181
1
32
90.5
 2003
14-14
158.1
278
451
10
.616
3,846
40
77
274.7
 2004
13-13
159.4
255
390
9
.654
3,205
35
72
246.5
 Totals
38-31
152.7
627
990
24
.633
7,922
81
77
* injured during season
 
  1978 | Billy Sims

Billy Sims
Billy Sims, a 6-0, 205-pound junior from Hooks, Texas, swept through defenses like a tornado flying across the Oklahoma landscape.
 
He set a Big Eight single-season rushing record in 1978 with 1,762 yards on 231 carries. Sims led the nation in rushing, averaging more than 7.0 yards per carry. He topped the 200-yard mark in four different games (a school best) during the 1978 season.

Sims led the Sooners to an 11-1 record, Orange Bowl Championship and third-place finish in the final poll. OU opened with a 35-29 win over Stanford and then crushed West Virginia and Rice by a combined score of 118-17. The Sooners rolled over Texas and the first five games of the conference schedule heading into the Nebraska game. Sims ran for 153 yards, but it was not enough as the Sooners fell 17-14.

OU responded by clubbing OSU, 62-7, and then was re-matched with the Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl. OU edged Nebraska 31-24 in the second meeting between the top-10 schools.

Sims holds the school record for rushing yards in a season (1,762), most 200-yard games in a season (4) and a career (6). He finished his career with 3,813 yards and stands third on the all-time rushing list.

 Career Statistics
 Season
Att
Yards
Avg
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
 1975
15
95
6.3
2
0
0
0
 1976*
3
44
14.6
0
0
0
0
 1977
71
413
5.8
6
0
0
0
 1978
256
1,896
7.4
22
1
35
1
 1979
248
1,670
6.7
23
1
42
1
 Totals
593
4,118
6.9
53
2
77
0
* injured and granted additional year of eligibility