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Iowa’s C.J. Beathard Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor

NEW ORLEANS (September 17, 2015) – C.J. Beathard, a junior from the University of Iowa, 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.

In his third career start, the Franklin, Tenn., native completed 15-of-25 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns as the Hawkeyes went on the road to upend archrival Iowa State, 31-17. His 25-yard touchdown pass to Riley McCarron in the fourth quarter gave the Hawkeyes the lead with 2:14 left in the game. Beathard also carried the ball a career high 10 times for 77 yards, showcasing his athleticism on runs of 44 and 57 yards in the first half. He was named the Big Ten Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Beathard’s top competition came from Washington State’s Luke Falk, who completed 47-of-66 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-34 win over Rutgers on the road. Third in voting was Paxton Lynch from Memphis who led the Tigers to a blowout win on the road over Kansas, 55-23, to snap a 19-game losing streak against power-five teams.

Facebook Voting

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.

Manning Award

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.

-www.AllstateSugarBowl.org-