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Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor

NEW ORLEANS (November 6, 2014) – Joshua Dobbs, a sophomore from the University of Tennessee, 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 Alpharetta, Ga. native completed 23-of-40 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and became the first Volunteer quarterback to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards as he set the school QB record with 166 rushing yards to go with three rushing scores in a 45-42 win over South Carolina in overtime.

Dobbs rushing yards are only the fourth time in UT history a quarterback has rushed for more than 100 yards. The Volunteers will rest up this weekend and welcome the Kentucky Wildcats to Knoxville on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

Dobbs’ top competitors this week were Everett Golson of Notre Dame and Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight. Golson completed 18-of-25 passes for 315 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He became the first player in school history with three passing and three rushing TDs in the same game, matching the Notre Dame quarterback record for rushing scores in a 49-39 victory over Navy. Knight completed 22-of-35 passes for 230 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Knight became the first player this season to run and pass for three touchdowns in a game as he added a career-high 146 rushing yards in a 59-14 win over Iowa State.

Check out the final fan voting numbers on Facebook here. 

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.

Visit the Manning Award page here.

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.

-AllstateSugarBowl.org-