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 Wednesday 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:
Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky (27-of-39, 370 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.2)
Doughty, who becomes the third player in Division I history to have consecutive seasons of 4,000 passing yards and 40 touchdowns, leads the Hilltoppers to a 49-28 victory over Marshall to clinch Conference USA's East Division.
Jared Goff, California (30-of-51, 542 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.9)
Trailing by 21 points in the first half, Goff, who set a school record for passing yards in a game and season, rallied the Golden Bears to set up a game-winning field goal in a 48-46 win over Pac-12 rival Arizona State.
Kevin Hogan, Stanford (17-of-21, 269 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.0)
After falling behind with 30 seconds to go, Hogan directs Stanford into position for the game-winning field goal as time expired to lead them to a dramatic 38-36 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame.
Paxton Lynch, Memphis (9-of-14, 222 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.5)
Lynch matches an FBS record by throwing seven touchdown passes in the first half as he leads the Tigers to single-season records for yards and points in a 63-0 win over SMU.
Nick Mullens, Southern Miss (24-of-37, 386 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.0)
Mullens leads the Golden Eagles to their sixth straight win and their school-record fifth 50-point game of the season as they clinch the Conference USA West Division title with a 58-24 win over Louisiana Tech.
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana (18-of-29, 350 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.1)
Sudfeld, who also rushes for a touchdown, becomes Indiana's all-time passing yardage leader as he leads the Hoosiers to bowl eligibility for the first time in eight years with a 54-36 victory over rival Purdue.
Greg Ward Jr., Houston (26-of-35, 308 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.3)
Ward also rushes for 83 yards and a touchdown as the Cougars clinch the American Athletic West Division by upending No. 15 Navy, 52-31.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson (20-of-27, 279 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 92.4)
Watson, who also rushes for 114 yards and three touchdowns, helps the top-ranked Tigers cap off a perfect 12-0 regular season with a 37-32 victory over archrival South Carolina.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List and 10 additional quarterbacks were added to the Watch List on October 14, all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. The 10 finalists for the Manning Award will be announced on Wednesday, December 2 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 11.
In its first 11 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 10 different schools and from four different conferences. One of the more unique aspects of the Manning Award is the fact that it takes into account the quarterbacks bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Ten of the 11 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor; the lone loss was by Colt McCoy in the 2010 BCS Championship game when he suffered an early injury. In addition to McCoy, six other Manning honorees (Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota) led their teams to the national championship game (BCS or CFP).
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. Sixty-two players from 58 different schools were honored during the 2014 season.