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 Player 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:
David Fales, San Jose State
(37-of-45, 547 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.6)
Fales tallies school records for passing yards and touchdowns (he adds a rushing score) as he leads the Spartans to a wild 62-52 victory over previously undefeated and 16th-ranked Fresno State.
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
(21-of-30, 339 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.4)
Hackenberg helps the Nittany Lions snap No. 15 Wisconsin's six-game winning streak by registering his fourth 300-yard game with a career-high in TD passes in a 31-24 road win to close their season 7-5.
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
(5-of-17, 39 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 95.7)
Lynch breaks his own FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback as he carries the Huskies to a 33-14 win over Western Michigan to cap their first undefeated regular season in 50 years.
Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
(24-of-39, 370 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 77.5)
Trailing 21-13 at the half, Mullens sparks the Golden Eagles with four third-quarter touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) as Southern Miss beats UAB, 62-27, to snap the nation's longest losing streak at 23 games.
Sean Schroeder, Hawaii
(23-of-33, 322 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 95.6)
Schroeder, who also rushes for a score, helps the Rainbow Warriors avoid a winless season by recording his sixth career 300-yard game in a 49-42 victory over Army.
Trevor Siemian, Northwestern
(31-of-44, 414 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Siemian posts career-highs in completions, yards and touchdowns as he keys the Wildcats' efforts in snapping their seven-game losing streak, 37-34 on the road over Illinois.
P.J. Walker, Temple
(20-of-32, 328 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 85.4)
Walker, a freshman who adds 59 rushing yards, logs his second 300-yard game as the Owls upend Memphis, 41-21, for their first AAC victory of the year.
Keith Wenning, Ball State
(27-of-33, 445 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.1)
Wenning notches a career-best in touchdowns and matches his top yardage total as he leads the Cardinals to a 10-win season with a 55-14 win over Miami (Ohio).
Last week's Manning Award Quarterback of the Week was Fresno State star Derek Carr, who collected the honor for the fifth time this year. He completed 27-of-37 passes for 527 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions as he carried the Bulldogs to a 69-28 win over New Mexico which clinched the Mountain West West Division title. He recorded a school-record for touchdown passes and a season-best in passing yards in just three quarters of action. Carr has thrown a touchdown pass in 31 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS.
The 10 finalists for the 2013-14 Manning Award were announced last Tuesday and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 6.
The Manning Award will be recognizing its 10th 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, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. McCoy was followed by top-two NFL Draft picks – Auburn's Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers and then Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, was the 2012 winner prior to being the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins. This past season's winner was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to earn the honor.