Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week park
The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has named eight quarterbacks as its "Stars of the Week." College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.
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.
This week's eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:
Austin Allen, Arkansas (17-of-29, 223 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.9)
Allen rallied the Razorbacks to a thrilling upset victory of No. 22 TCU, throwing for a touchdown with 1:19 to go and then catching the two-point conversion pass to force overtime, where he threw for one touchdown before running for the game-winning score in the 41-38 victory.
Luke Del Rio, Florida (19-of-32, 320 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.7)
Del Rio, making his second career start, registers Florida's first 300-yard game since 2013, leading the Gators to scores on five of their first seven possessions in a 45-7 SEC victory over Kentucky.
Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (10-of-19, 91 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 78.9)
Dobbs also ran for 106 yards, setting Tennessee's career rushing record for quarterbacks, and two touchdowns as he helped the Volunteers overcome a 14-0 deficit in a 45-24 victory over Virginia Tech before a record 156,990 fans at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Quinton Flowers, USF (21-of-33, 350 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 88.1)
Flowers, who also rushes for 53 yards, accounts for 403 of his team's 658 yards as the Bulls roll to a 48-17 victory over Northern Illinois despite missing their star running back due to injury.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville (20-of-39, 411 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 94.9)
Jackson, who rushes for 199 yards and four touchdowns, opens the game with a 72-yard passing score, followed soon after with a 72-yard rushing TD, as he leads Louisville to 845 yards of offense in a 62-28 ACC road victory over Syracuse.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (14-of-20, 244 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.5)
Mayfield is near-perfect in the first quarter, connecting on 10-of-11 passes for 120 yards and two scores, as he goes on to register the top QBR of the week against an FBS opponent, leading the Sooners to a 59-17 victory over UL Monroe.
Cooper Rush, Central Michigan (30-of-42, 361 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 80.9)
Rush keeps the Chippewas close against No. 22 Oklahoma State, then on the final play of the game, he unleashes a long Hail Mary which is caught and then lateraled to another player who scores the winning touchdown in a 30-27 upset on the road – their first win over a ranked opponent since 1991.
Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina (19-of-24, 265 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Trubisky also runs for 42 yards, scoring two first-quarter touchdowns to put the Tar Heels ahead before throwing for two more scores to wrap up a 48-23 road victory over Illinois.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks are expected to be added to the Watch List later in the season. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Wednesday, November 30 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 9.
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 was 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.