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 (19-of-29, 277 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 90.7)
In just his second career start, Allen turns in his best performance as he throws two second-quarter touchdowns to lift the Aggies to a 28-14 lead as they hold on to shock No. 3 Auburn, 41-38 in an SEC road game.
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State (16-of-26, 300 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.4)
The dual-threat Barrett adds 86 rushing yards and two touchdowns as he leads the Buckeyes to an upset victory, 49-37, over No. 8 Michigan state in a critical Big Ten road victory.
Trevone Boykin, TCU (23-of-34, 219 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 89.9)
Boykin, who rushes for a career-high 123 yards and three touchdowns, leads the Horned Frogs to 553 total yards against the top defense in the Big 12 as they roll over Kansas State, 41-20.
Luke Falk, Washington State (44-of-61, 471 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 88.0)
Making his first career start, Falk manages Coach Mike Leach's prolific offense to near-perfection as he leads the Cougars to a 39-32 Pac-12 road victory over Oregon State.
Grant Hedrick, Boise State (21-of-32, 367 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.4)
Hedrick posts his sixth career 300-yard game while also rushing for a career-best 131 yards and two scores as he leads the Broncos to 22 unanswered points as they come from behind to upend New Mexico, 60-49, in a Mountain West road game.
Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion (20-of-35, 315 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 79.7)
Heinicke, who has his 25th career 300-yard game, also adds a rushing touchdown while directing the Monarchs to 10 points in the final 1:05 as they shock Florida International, 38-35.
Brett Hundley, UCLA (29-of-36, 302 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.0)
In addition to setting the UCLA record for career passing touchdowns (69), Hundley tallies his ninth career 300-yard game and rushes for a pair of scores as the Bruins pick up a 44-30 victory over Washington on the road in Pac-12 action.
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State (17-of-28, 224 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 86.8)
Kelly throws a crucial fourth-quarter touchdown pass, then adds a touchdown run as he leads the Sun Devils to an impressive 55-31 win over No. 10 Notre Dame.
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.