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:
Kyle Allen, Texas A&M (21-of-28, 358 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.1)
Allen, who records his first career 300-yard game, connects on a 20-yard touchdown pass on the second play of overtime to put the Aggies on top for good in an exciting 28-21 win over Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium.
Trevone Boykin, TCU (34-of-54, 485 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 72.4)
Boykin caps off a huge passing day by converting a fourth-down pass play in unorthodox fashion – his running back caught a tipped ball in the back of the end zone – for a thrilling 55-52 Big 12 road win over previously undefeated Texas Tech.
Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky (33-of-41, 457 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.8)
Doughty logs a dominant first half with 381 yards and five touchdown passes as the Hilltoppers jump all over Miami (Ohio) in a 56-14 victory.
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green (43-of-59, 402 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 81.0)
Johnson registers his fourth straight 400-yard game as he leads the Falcons to their second win over a Big Ten team this year, 35-28 victory over Purdue on the road.
Cody Kessler, USC (19-of-33, 375 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 96.4)
Kessler, tallies his 10th career 300-yard game, as he leads the Trojans to a 28-point second-quarter outburst as they break open the game en route to an impressive 42-14 Pac-12 victory over Arizona State.
Seth Russell, Baylor (12-of-16, 277 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.3)
Russell matches the school record for touchdown passes, including five in the first half, while playing less than three quarters as the Bears roll over Rice, 70-17.
Greg Ward, Jr., Houston (17-of-21, 274 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.8)
Ward, who sets a career-best for TD passes, also rushes for a game-high 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he helps the Cougars remain undefeated with a decisive 59-14 victory over Texas State.
Travis Wilson, Utah (18-of-30, 227 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.3)
Wilson, who was returning from an injured shoulder, also runs for 100 yards on just six carries, including a short TD run, as the Utes win 62-20 to hand No. 13 Oregon its worst home loss since 1977.
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, 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.