Max Duggan had quite the season at TCU in 2022. The star quarterback was a Heisman trophy finalist, a College Football Playoff participant, and an All-American.
Duggan led the Horned Frogs to a national championship appearance after beating Michigan in the CFP Semifinal, and while that final game didn’t go as planned, it was still a historic year for the signal caller.
On Monday, he added more hardware to his collection, landing the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s best quarterback. Duggan beat out Ohio State’s CJ Stroud and USC’s Caleb Williams to win the honor, which fittingly is named after another famed TCU passer.
𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐲 𝐎’𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 🐸@MaxDuggan_10 accepts the trophy as the 2022 @daveyobrien award recipient. #GoFrogs #DFWBig12Team pic.twitter.com/Hat0EgyeSy
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) February 20, 2023
The college football star spoke at the ceremony, telling a funny story of how he learned he’d been named the recipient. His mom actually told him that he’d won, though it took him a moment to process the information being relayed.
“My mom kind of surprised me a little bit. She was helping me put on a tie, and she said, ‘You know, you’re going to have to get used to this for when you get your tux for the Davey O’Brien.’ It went straight over my head. It took me a little bit to figure out what she’d just said, but it was pretty special for my mom to tell me.”
Max Duggan accepted that prestigious award Monday evening, but he didn’t let the event cut into his weeknight plans.
Wasting no time at all, the QB showed up to the TCU basketball game against Kansas wearing his tux. He quickly amped up the crowd, running into the arena with about six minutes remaining in the Top 25 showdown.
He quickly went viral for his dapper look.
Max Duggan showed up fashionably late and got the crowd pumped🙌🤵
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/kKQ85HK4Cb
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2023
Fans quickly chimed in with response.
One person wrote, “He looks like he snuck out of prom.”
Another said, “Good to see him show up for a game,” taking a shot at Duggan’s national title performance against Georgia.
Unfortunately, the appearance couldn’t help TCU pull out the upset. The Horned Frogs fell to the third-ranked Jayhawks, 63-58.