Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (September 4, 2018) – 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 honor of 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:

Eric Dungey, Syracuse (7-of-17, 184 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.1)
Dungey, who rushed for a school-QB-record 200 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries, led the Orange to a 55-42 road victory over Western Michigan.

Will Grier, West Virginia (25-of-34, 429 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.6)
Grier registers a career-high in passing yards while matching his best for TD passes as he leads the Mountaineers to a 40-14 victory over Tennessee.

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (22-of-30, 313 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Haskins, who sets school records for yards and TD passes in a first-time start, leads the Buckeyes to touchdowns on their first seven possessions in a 77-31 season-opening victory over Oregon State.

Cole McDonald, Hawaii (30-of-41, 428 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 85.9)
McDonald, making his second career start, leads the Rainbow Warrior offense to scores on its first five possessions, as it tallies 522 yards of offense in a 59-41 win over Navy.

McKenzie Milton, UCF (24-of-32, 346 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.2)
Milton, who also adds 50 rushing yards, tied his career-best for TD passes as the Knights extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games with a 56-17 AAC road win over Connecticut.

Steven Montez, Colorado (22-of-25, 338 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 94.3)
Montez tallies his fifth career 300-yard game while matching his career-best for TD passes, including an 89-yard TD hook-up, while connecting on his first 12 passes in a 45-13 road win over Colorado State.

Brett Rypien, Boise State (20-of-28, 305 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.5)
Rypien, who has thrown for more yards than any active FBS quarterback, tallies 276 yards and all four of his TDs in the first half as the Broncos jump to a 35-7 halftime advantage in a 56-20 road win over Troy.

Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (12-of-16, 227 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.8)
Tagovailoa, who also rushes for one score, makes his first career start and keys the Crimson Tide’s dominating 51-14 victory over Louisville.

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 Thursday, November 29 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.

In its first 14 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 (Baker Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) joins the Southeastern Conference (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) with four Manning Award winners each, while Texas is the only school with two different winners (McCoy and Young).

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.

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. Sixty-three players from 60 different schools were honored during the 2017 season.