Arkansas’ Brandon Allen Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Brandon Allen, a senior from the University of Arkansas, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest. He is the first quarterback to win the honor twice this season.
The Fayetteville, Ark., native registered career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns as he completed 33-of-45 passes for 442 yards and six touchdowns. He capped his impressive performance by scoring on a leaping two-point conversion in overtime to lift the Razorbacks to a 53-52 victory over No. 18 Ole Miss. Making his 30th consecutive start under center, Allen's 33 completions were also a program record while his 442 yards were the second-most in Arkansas history. He was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
Allen's top competition came from Mississippi State's Dak Prescott and Chad Kelly of Ole Miss. Prescott completed 27-of-40 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the 10th player in SEC history to tally 10,000 yards of offense, in the Bulldogs' 31-13 road victory over Missouri. Kelly went 24-of-34 with 368 yards and three touchdowns, tallying his seventh 300-yard game and also rushing for a career-high 110 yards and three touchdowns, but it's not enough for the Rebels who are upended by Arkansas, 53-52, in overtime.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List and 10 additional quarterbacks were added to the Watch List on October 14, all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. The 10 finalists for the Manning Award will be announced on Wednesday, December 2 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 11.
In its first 11 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 10 different schools and from four different conferences. One of the more unique aspects of the Manning Award is the fact that it takes into account the quarterbacks bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Ten of the 11 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor; the lone loss was by Colt McCoy in the 2010 BCS Championship game when he suffered an early injury. In addition to McCoy, six other Manning honorees (Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota) led their teams to the national championship game (BCS or CFP).
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. Sixty-two players from 58 different schools were honored during the 2014 season.