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:
Shane Carden, East Carolina
(38-of-47, 439 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Carden records his career-high in passing yards and tallies six total touchdowns, including a passing score and a rushing score in overtime, as the Pirates register a 65-59 win over Marshall in double overtime.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
(28-of-32, 451 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Carr set a school record for completion percentage and also a Mountain West record with his third 400-yard game of the season as he led the Bulldogs to a 48-15 win over Air Force to clinch a share of the league title – Fresno's first conference crown since 1999.
David Fales, San Jose State
(25-of-37, 367 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Fales tallies his sixth 300-yard game of the year as he leads the Spartans to a key Western Athletic Conference victory over Louisiana Tech to give San Jose State its best-ever WAC finish and its first 10-win season since 1987.
Nick Florence, Baylor
(22-of-37, 397 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Florence throws for 300 yards for the eighth time this year, leading the Bears to a key 52-45 overtime victory against Texas Tech to make Baylor bowl eligible for the third straight year for the first time in school history.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
(46-of-71, 500 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Jones becomes the Big 12's all-time passing yardage leader and keeps Sooners in line for a BCS bid and possible Big 12 title in a 51-48 win over Oklahoma State in the first Bedlam-rivalry game to go to overtime.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
(32-of-44, 372 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
The freshman star also rushes for 67 yards and two touchdowns as he breaks the SEC record for total offense in a season in a 59-29 win over Missouri, giving the Aggies their first 10-win season since 1998.
Robert Marve, Purdue
(20-of-29, 348 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Marve records a career-best in passing yards while leading the Boilermakers to a 56-35 victory over Indiana to not only retain the Old Oaken Bucket, but also to become bowl eligible for the second straight year.
Bryn Renner, North Carolina
(28-of-39, 305 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Renner leads the Tar Heels back from a 14-point second-half deficit by matching the school record for touchdown passes in a 45-38 win over Maryland in his season finale.
Last week's Manning Award Player of the Week was Michigan standout Devin Gardner, who won the honor for the second straight week. Making his third consecutive career start filling in for the injured Denard Robinson, the junior had a six-touchdown performance (three pass, three rush) to lead the Wolverines to a 42-17 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in front of 113,016 fans on Senior Day at Michigan Stadium to close a perfect season at home. He threw for a career-high 314 yards and three scores while also adding 37 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He is the first Michigan quarterback to account for six touchdowns in a game since Steve Smith accomplished the feat in 1983.
The Manning Award will be announcing its 10 finalists for the honor this Wednesday, Nov. 28. The winner will be announced following the BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 7.
The Manning Award will be recognizing its ninth 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. 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. This past season's honoree was Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, who was also a top NFL draft pick (No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins).