UCF’s Gabriel Wins Second Manning Award QB of the Week Honor
NEW ORLEANS (October 29, 2020) – UCF’s Dillon Gabriel has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week to become this year’s first two-time winner – he was also recognized once in 2019. Gabriel earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.
Facebook Voting Results
Gabriel notched his school-record fourth 400-yard game in Saturday’s 51-34 AAC win over Tulane. He completed 26-of-40 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns – becoming just the second Knight quarterback to tally back-to-back five-TD performances as he also tossed five TDs in his previous game against Memphis.
A sophomore from Mililani, Hawaii, Gabriel leads the nation in passing yards (2,178), passing touchdowns (19), completions (128) and attempts (233). He also has thrown just two interceptions this season and is currently on a stretch of 133 attempts without a pick. His 2,178 yards of passing through the first five games are the most in a five-game stretch in FBS since Pat Mahomes in 2016. He has thrown at least one touchdown in every game of his career, with his streak of 18 consecutive games ranking as the fourth longest in program history.
Gabriel and the Knights will look to improve on their 3-2 record this Saturday when they travel to Houston for a 1 p.m. (Central) contest on ESPN+. UCF has posted three straight 10-win seasons entering 2020.
The second and third-place finishers in this week’s Facebook voting were Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Malik Willis from Liberty. In his season debut, Fields completed 20-of-21 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 54 yards and a score to lead the Buckeyes to a 52-17 drubbing of Nebraska in Big Ten action. Willis collected 442 total yards (345 passing, 97 rushing) with a school-record seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) as he helped the Flames remain undefeated with a 56-35 win over Southern Miss.
In its first 16 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 12 different schools and from four different conferences. The Big 12 Conference (Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) and the Southeastern Conference (Joe Burrow, Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) lead the way with five Manning Award honorees each, while and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) has had four Manning Award winners. LSU (Burrow and Russell) joins Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) and Texas (McCoy and Young) as the only schools with two different winners.
All 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.