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

NEW ORLEANS (November 20, 2014) – Joshua Dobbs, a sophomore from the University of Tennessee, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns his second win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.

In his second start of the season, Dobbs made his second appearance in the Manning Stars of the Week contest and picked up his second win. The Alpharetta, Ga. native completed 19-of-27 passes for 297 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, while adding a rushing touchdown, in a 50-16 SEC victory over Kentucky.

Tennessee is averaging 38.33 points per game since Dobbs took over. He is the first QB in UT history with 300 passing and 100 rushing yards in the same game and he set the UT record for rushing yards by a QB in a game with 166 at South Carolina earlier this month. The Vols welcome Missouri to Knoxville for their last home game of the season at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Dobbs’ top competitors this week were Kale Pearson of Air Force and Navy’s Keenan Reynolds. Pearson completed 11-of-15 passes for 129 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He matched his career-high in touchdown passes and ran for 109 yards and a key fourth-quarter score as he sparked Air Force’s 45-38 overtime victory over Nevada in Mountain West action. Reynolds completed 5-of-8 passes for 71 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for a career-high 277 yards and matching the FBS record for rushing touchdowns by a QB in a regulation game with six as he led the Midshipmen to a 52-19 victory over Georgia Southern.

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 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-