Sept. 23, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Pitt senior quarterback Tom Savage has received yet another honor for his historic passing performance at Duke this past weekend.
Savage has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after tying the Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes to lead the Panthers to a 58-55 victory over the Blue Devils. (VIDEO LINK: See all six TD passes on the ACC Digital Network.)
Pitt’s 6-foot-5, 230-pound signal caller beat out a dozen other candidates for this week’s O’Brien honor, including Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
Savage (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) completed nearly 70% of his passes (23 of 33) for 424 yards and did not throw an interception against Duke. His six TD passes were the most by an ACC player since 1999 and matched the record set in 1987.
Savage has also been honored as the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s National Offensive Player of the Week and the ACC’s Offensive Back of the Week.
The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented each December to the nation's best collegiate quarterback. During the first nine weeks of the season, a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee will name a Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week.
All 125 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the season-ending award. Semifinalists for the 2013 honor will be announced on Nov. 4, finalists will be announced Nov. 25 and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award winner will be announced on Dec. 12.
On the season, Savage has completed 65% of his passes (51 of 78) for 861 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He leads the ACC in passing yards per game (287.0 avg.) and ranks second in pass efficiency (185.9 rating) and total offense (274.7 avg.).
Savage is also prominent among the national leaders. His average of 16.88 yards per completion ranks sixth in the country. He is ninth nationally in pass efficiency, 11th in passing touchdowns (tied), 19th in passing yards per game and 25th in points responsible for (tied, 54 points).
The Panthers (2-1, 1-1 ACC) are eyeing a third consecutive victory when Virginia (2-1, 0-0) visits Heinz Field for an ACC Coastal Division matchup this Saturday, Sept. 28, at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised locally by ROOT SPORTS.
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