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:
Riley Ferguson, Memphis (30-of-45, 409 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.8)
Ferguson tallies his first career 400-yard game and connects on a 10-yard touchdown with 19 seconds to go to lift the Tigers to a 48-44 upset of No. 20 Houston.
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (8-of-17, 109 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.5)
Fitzgerald rushes for a school-record 258 yards and two touchdowns as he leads the Bulldogs to a 55-20 SEC road win over archrival Ole Miss.
Skyler Howard, West Virginia (12-of-21, 330 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.9)
Howard has his fourth 300-yard game of the season and matches his career-best in passing TDs as he leads the Mountaineers to a 49-19 Big 12 road victory over Iowa State.
Stephen Johnson, Kentucky (16-of-27, 338 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 98.0)
Johnson, who also rushes for a career-high 83 yards, registers his career-best in passing yards and touchdowns, including a 75-yard score, as he leads the Wildcats to a 41-38 upset victory over No. 11 Louisville on the road.
Pat Mahomes II, Texas Tech (30-of-46, 586 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.9)
Mahomes notches his fourth 500-yard game of the year while matching his career-high in passing touchdowns in a 54-35 Big 12 victory over Baylor.
Trace McSorley, Penn State (17-of-23, 376 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.8)
McSorley tallies career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns as he leads the Nittany Lions to a 45-12 road victory over Michigan State to clinch the Big Ten East title.
Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (21-of-34, 416 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.8)
Shurmur shatters his career-high for passing yards while leading the Commodores to 21 unanswered points to close a 45-34 SEC win over Tennessee to make his team bowl eligible.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson (26-of-32, 347 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 95.4)
Watson matched his career-best for touchdown passes as he leads the Tigers a 56-7 win over archrival South Carolina, their largest margin of victory against the Gamecocks since 1900.
The 10 finalists for the Manning Award 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.