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 9 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:
Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
(19-of-21, 274 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Aplin was near-perfect in a blowout victory over Memphis as he posted the second-best completion percentage in Sun Belt Conference history, connecting for 274 yards and three scores in essentially one half of action.
Tyler Bray, Tennessee
(34-of-41, 405 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Bray leads the Volunteers to a blowout victory over Cincinnati, throwing for a career-high 405 yards and four TDs while also rushing for another score.
Steele Jantz, Iowa State
(24-of-36, 271 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Jantz connects on four touchdown passes, including the game-tying strike with 1:17 to go in regulation, forcing overtime where the Cyclones would snap a three-game losing streak to their archrival.
Marshall Lobbestael, Washington State
(24-of-32, 361 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
Lobbestael sets career-highs with 361 yards and five touchdowns as he leads the Cougars to a 59-7 blowout victory over UNLV – WSU had three FBS wins in the last three years by a total of 23 points.
Andrew Luck, Stanford
(20-of-28, 290 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Luck rolls to another great performance, matching his career-high with four TD passes in three quarters of play as he leads the Cardinal to a rare East coast victory over Duke.
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
(24-of-32, 353 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Osweiler connects on an 11-yard touchdown strike in overtime to finish with 353 passing yards and three scores as well as a running TD as he leads the Sun Devils to a 37-30 upset of nationally-ranked Missouri.
Darron Thomas, Oregon
(13-of-19, 295 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT)
Thomas matches a school record with six touchdown passes, including a 69-yarder and a 44-yarder, as the Ducks get back on track by crushing Nevada.
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
(42-of-53, 397 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Weeden completes his first 13 passes en route to a school record 42 completions in an impressive 37-14 victory over Arizona.
Danny O'Brien, a sophomore quarterback from the University of Maryland, was selected as the first Manning Award Player of the Week for 2011. O'Brien connected on 31-of-44 passes for 348 yards and a touchdown in a win over ACC rival Miami. The sophomore led a Maryland attack which tallied 499 yards of total offense, its most since 2005. His 385 total yards led the ACC and ranked third nationally. On the first drive of the game, the Kernersville, N.C., product connected on 6-of-7 passes for 72 yards, including a key fourth-down conversion from Miami's 36-yard line. He capped the drive with a 10-yard TD pass to Ronnie Tyler. Then on his final drive of the game, the Terrapin signal-caller connected on a key 52-yard pass to Kevin Dorsey which would lead to the go-ahead field goal with 1:39 remaining in the game. Maryland would ice the victory with a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The Manning Award will be recognizing its eighth 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. Last year saw Auburn's Cameron Newton earn the award, prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.