Arkansas’ Austin Allen Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Austin Allen, a junior from the University of Arkansas, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the second week of the 2016 college football season. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Allen, a Fayetteville, Ark., native, is the second member of the Allen family to be recognized with this honor as his brother, Brandon, was a three-time recipient during the 2015 season. He wins this week after he completed 17-of-29 passes for 223 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a thrilling 41-38 upset of No. 15 TCU.
While Allen was solid throughout the game, his true heroics came in crunch time. He connected on a TD pass with 1:03 to go in regulation and then caught a two-point conversion pass following the score to knot the game at 28 and force overtime. After throwing for a 19-yard score in the first overtime, he clinched the victory with a five-yard sneak in the second overtime. The win snapped a 14-game home winning streak for TCU, the third longest in the nation. The Razorbacks will host Texas State this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.
Allen's top competition came from Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma. Dobbs ran for 106 yards, setting Tennessee's career rushing record for quarterbacks, and two touchdowns while throwing for three more scores as he helped the Volunteers overcome a 14-0 deficit in a 45-24 victory over Virginia Tech before a record 156,990 fans at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mayfield was near-perfect in the first quarter, connecting on 10-of-11 passes for 120 yards and two scores finishing with 244 yards and three touchdowns to register the top QBR of the week against an FBS opponent, leading the Sooners to a 59-17 victory over UL Monroe.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced on Wednesday, October 12. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 30. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 11.
In its first 12 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 11 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference leads the way with four Manning Award winners (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell, Tim Tebow), while Texas is the only school with two winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young). Watson is the third winner from the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) and Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013).
All of the Manning Award winners follow in the footsteps of the Mannings themselves. In college, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning combined for over 25,000 passing yards and 201 touchdowns while playing in 10 bowl games and earning four bowl MVP awards. Archie was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, while both Peyton and Eli were selected No. 1 overall.
In addition to the Manning Award's yearly honor, each week during the regular season, eight quarterbacks are recognized as Manning Quarterbacks of the Week. Fifty-five players from 52 different schools were honored during the 2015 season.