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:
Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech (21-of-33, 259 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.5)
Evans also rushes for 98 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, as the Hokies upend Miami, 37-16, to move into first place in the ACC Coastal Division race.
Lamar Jackson, Louisville (20-of-34, 355 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.1)
Jackson also rushes for 76 yards and a touchdown and sets a school record with four first-half touchdowns as the Cardinals cruise to a 54-13 ACC victory over N.C. State.
Pat Mahomes II, Texas Tech (52-of-88, 734 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 90.9)
Mahomes, who also rushes for 85 yards and two touchdowns, matches the NCAA FBS record for passing yards and sets a new record for total yardage in a wild 66-59 loss to Oklahoma in Big 12 action.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (27-of-36, 545 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.9)
Mayfield, who has the second-most passing yards in Oklahoma history, sets the school record for touchdown passes and the Sooners need every one of them in a wild 66-59 road victory over Texas Tech in Big 12 action.
Ryan Metz, UTEP (15-of-23, 211 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 66.4)
Metz connects on a pair of touchdown passes in overtime, including the game-winner in the fifth overtime, as he leads the Miners to their first Conference USA win of the season, 52-49 over UTSA on the road.
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee (23-of-41, 280 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.1)
Stockstill, who also rushes for 70 yards on seven carries, connects on a pair of second-half touchdowns to give the Blue Raiders an advantage they wouldn't relinquish in a 51-45 victory over Missouri on the road.
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan (29-of-35, 398 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 81.2)
Terrell records his career-high for passing yards and now has more TD passes than any active quarterback in the country as he leads the Broncos to a 45-31 victory over 5-2 Eastern Michigan to remain undefeated.
Will Worth, Navy (3-of-4, 85 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.4)
Worth also rushes for a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns as he leads the Midshipmen to a season-high 447 rushing yards in a 42-28 victory over Memphis in AAC action.
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.