Western Kentucky’s Ty Storey Named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week
NEW ORLEANS (November 14, 2019) – Ty Storey, a graduate student from Western Kentucky University, has been selected as the week-eleven 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. Storey, who is the 11th Manning Award Star of the Week for WKU, is the first Hilltopper to earn Manning Award Quarterback of the Week recognition.
Storey completed 22-of-32 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown in the Hilltopper’s 45-19 rout of Arkansas on the road. Storey, who saw action in 13 games for the Razorbacks before graduating and transferring to Western Kentucky in May, also had a career rushing day in his return to Fayetteville, tallying 77 yards and two scores on the ground.
The Charleston, Ark., native’s 213 passing yards included a career-long 69-yard pass. He now has 1,690 passing yards this season, eclipsing his total from last year. Before arriving at WKU, Storey played 10 games for the Razorbacks in 2018, starting 9 at quarterback. During his junior year, he was 143-of-250 passing for 1,584 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Western Kentucky, which became bowl-eligible with the win, is idle this week; The Hilltoppers return to the road on November 23 when they take on Conference-USA opponent Southern Miss at 2:30pm C.T. on ESPN-plus.
Storey won this week’s competition over two quarterbacks who had top-10 wins: LSU’s Joe Burrow and Tanner Morgan from Minnesota. Burrow was 31-of-39 for 393 yards and three touchdowns as LSU beat No. 3 Alabama and controls its destiny in the SEC and College Football Playoff races. Morgan helped the Gophers improve to 9-0 for the first time since 1904 with a 31-26 Big Ten upset of No. 4 Penn State. He was 18-of-20 for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks were added to the mid-season Watch List last week. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Thursday, November 28 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
In its first 15 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) leads the way with five Manning Award honorees, while 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) have four Manning Award winners each. Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) joins 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.
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 players from 59 different schools were honored during the 2018 season.