Dak Prescott Collects Fifth Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Junior Dak Prescott from Mississippi State has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. It is his fifth time this season earning the honor. He is being recognized over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week after a fan vote on the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Prescott completed 16 of 21 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns while adding a rushing score in a 51-0 victory over Vanderbilt. Prescott saw less than three quarters of action in the blowout victory – it was the Bulldogs largest margin of victory in an SEC contest since 1936.
In addition to leading his team to the first 10-win regular season in school history, Prescott is the only FBS player in 2014 to rank in the top 20 in both passing touchdowns (23) and rushing touchdowns (12). He is also the only player in the country with at least 2,700 passing yards and 750 rushing yards.
Prescott and the fourth-ranked Bulldogs return to action on Saturday when they make the short trip to Oxford to take on 19th-ranked Ole Miss in the annual Egg Bowl (2:30 p.m. Central, CBS).
The Mississippi State star won the fan voting handily with his closest competition coming from Colorado State's Garrett Grayson and Paxton Lynch from Memphis. Grayson completed 23 of 29 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns while becoming the Rams' all-time leader in total offense in a 58-20 Mountain West victory over New Mexico. Lynch, meanwhile, completed 18 of 23 passes for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also rushing for two scores, as the Tigers won their fifth straight game, 31-20 over USF, to improve to 6-1 in AAC play.
The Manning Award, which will announce its 10 finalists on Wednesday, 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 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.