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:
Josh Allen, Wyoming (16-of-26, 261 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 96.7)
Allen also rushes for 66 yards and a touchdown while tallying his career-high for passing scores as he leads the Cowboys to their fifth straight win (their longest streak since 1998) in a 52-28 MW win over Utah State.
Jake Browning, Washington (19-of-28, 378 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.1)
Browning records his season-high for passing yards while matching his career-best for TD passes while setting the Husky single-season record with 34 touchdown passes as Washington cruises to a 66-27 Pac-12 road victory over California.
Luke Falk, Washington State (32-of-35, 311 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.9)
Falk posts his seventh 300-yard game of the year as he leads the Cougars to their seventh straight win with their most points ever in a Pac-12 game, a 69-7 blowout of Pac-12 rival Arizona.
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (18-of-31, 209 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 84.8)
Fitzgerald also rushes for 182 yards and two touchdowns, including a four-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs a 35-21 advantage, as they upset No. 4 Texas A&M, 35-28.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville (12-of-17, 231 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 99.8)
Jackson also records 185 rushing yards, his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the year, and three touchdowns on the ground as the Cardinals roll to a 52-7 ACC road victory over Boston College.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (25-of-34, 328 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 75.9)
Mayfield connects on four touchdown passes for the fourth straight game, tossing two TDs in the final 4:16 of the first half as the Sooners pull away from Iowa State, 34-24, in a Big 12 road game, despite missing their top two running backs.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State (29-of-38, 457 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 86.4)
Rudolph registers his second 400-yard game of the year while matching his career-high for touchdowns, including an 82-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter, as he leads the Cowboys to a 43-37 Big 12 road victory over Kansas State.
Wilton Speight, Michigan (19-of-24, 362 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.4)
Speight, who also rushes for a touchdown, records his career-high for passing yards and completion percentage as he helps the undefeated Wolverines to touchdowns on all five of their first-half drives in a 59-3 Big Ten victory over Maryland.
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.