Colorado State's Garrett Grayson Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Garrett Grayson, a senior from Colorado State University, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
The Vancouver, Wash. native completed 18-of-21 passes for 390 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He completed his first 13 passes of the game as he extended his own school record for touchdown passes while leading the Rams to their sixth straight win, their longest streak since 2002, with a 45-31 win over Wyoming.
Grayson is Colorado State's all-time leading passer with 7,640 yards. He has thrown 53 touchdowns in his career, which is now the CSU record for passing touchdowns. On third down this season Grayson has completed 40-of-62 (64.5%) passes for 579 yards and picked up 34 first downs. He will lead the Rams to face San Jose State Saturday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.
Grayson's top competitors this week were Nick Marshall of Auburn and Anu Solomon from Arizona. Marshall went 12-of-14 for 139 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed for 89 yards and a career-high three touchdowns as he keyed the Tigers in a tight SEC victory over South Carolina, 42-35. Solomon completed 26-of-38 passes for 294 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Solomon, who has thrown for 200-plus yards in seven straight games, led the Wildcats to scores on their first five possessions as they upended Washington State, 59-37 in Pac-12 road action.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 12.
The Manning Award will be recognizing its 11th winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor – he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, at the time, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. Auburn's Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. The 2012 honoree was Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, who was also a top NFL draft pick (No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins). The 2013 and 2014 winners were also the first freshmen to collect the honor – in 2013, it was Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, and he was followed by last year's winner, Jameis Winston from Florida State. Both freshmen also collected the Heisman Trophy after their sensational debut seasons.