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.
The Fayetteville, Ark., native completed 14-of-18 passes for a career-high 308 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 48-13 win over UTEP. He became just the second Razorback to throw for four touchdowns in a half and his quarterback rating (QBR) of 99.6 was the highest in the nation for the opening weekend.
Allen's top competition came from Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, who completed 15-of-22 passes for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also rushing for 89 yards and a score in a 59-30 victory over Bowling Green. Third in voting was Jacoby Brissett from N.C. State who was very efficient, completing 21-of-23 passes for 196 yards and a pair of score in a 49-21 win over Troy.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks are expected to be added to the Watch List later in the season. The 10 finalists for the honor 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.