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Oregon’s Justin Herbert Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor

NEW ORLEANS (November 3, 2016) – Justin Herbert, a freshman from Oregon, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.

Herbert, the first true freshman to start as quarterback for the Ducks since 1983, tied the school single-game record for passing yards and became the first Duck ever to exceed 500 yards of total offense. He completed 31-of-42 passes for 489 yards and four touchdowns, finishing with 512 total yards of offense, in a 54-34 Pac-12 victory over Arizona State. The win marks Herbert’s first career win and snapped a five-game losing streak for Oregon.

With just three starts under his belt, the hometown product has etched his name in the Oregon record books as he has the most completions (74), attempts (116), yards (926), and touchdown passes (12) by a freshman quarterback in a three-game stretch. Oregon will travel to Los Angeles to face USC at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Herbert’s top competition came from Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Luke Falk of Washington State. Allen completed 18-of-31 passes for a career-high 274 yards and three touchdowns as he led the Cowboys to a 30-28 upset of No. 13 Boise State, their first win over a Top 25 team since 2002. Falk connected on 33-of-46 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars erased a 24-6 halftime deficit to top Oregon State, 35-31 in a Pac-12 road victory.

Facebook Voting

While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced on Wednesday, October 12. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 30. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 11.

Manning Award

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 is 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.

-www.AllstateSugarBowl.org-