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

NEW ORLEANS (November 17, 2016) – Joshua Dobbs, a senior 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 went 11-of-17 for 223 yards and three touchdowns while adding a season-high 147 yards on the ground with two scores in a 49-36 SEC victory over Kentucky. His two rushing touchdowns give him 27 in his career to set the Tennessee career record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback; and his 370 total yards lift him to a career total of 8,145 yards, becoming just the fourth Vol (Peyton Manning, Casey Clausen, Erik Ainge) to achieve that feat.

Dobbs has won 21 of his 32 career starts and his career-best 21 touchdown passes this season are tied for the most among SEC quarterbacks with Missouri’s Drew Lock. Tennessee celebrates Senior Day on Saturday as it closes out its home schedule against Missouri at 2:30 p.m. CT at Neyland Stadium.

Dobbs’ top competitors this week were USF’s Quinton Flowers and Will Worth from Navy. Flowers completed 24-of-29 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns and became the first USF player with 200 passing yards and 200 rushing yards in a 49-42 AAC road victory over Memphis. Worth completed 6-of-8 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown, and recorded his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the year with 122 yards and three touchdowns, as he led the Midshipmen to a critical 42-40 victory over AAC divisional rival Tulsa.

Facebook Voting

While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced on Wednesday, October 12. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 30. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 11.

Manning Award

In its first 12 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 11 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference leads the way with four Manning Award winners (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell, Tim Tebow), while Texas is the only school with two winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young). Watson is the third winner from the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) and Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013).

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. Fifty-five players from 52 different schools were honored during the 2015 season.

-www.AllstateSugarBowl.org-