Auburn’s Bo Nix Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week
NEW ORLEANS (October 3, 2019) – Bo Nix, a freshman from Auburn University, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the fifth week of the season. He earns the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest. This is Nix’s first time winning the honor this season.
Nix dismantled the Mississippi State defense by completing 16-of-21 passes for a career-best 335 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-23 victory. The Auburn quarterback was also effective on the ground, rushing for 56 yards, including a long of 30 yards and a nine-yard touchdown as the No. 7 Tigers cruised to the SEC win.
The Pinson, Ala., native is no stranger to Auburn Football. His father was a quarterback for the program from 1992-95. The life-long fan has taken the quarterback role in stride, accumulating 980 yards and seven touchdowns, one of which was a 26-yard pass for a game-winning score to open the season against then-ranked No. 11 Oregon. The Tigers have since improved to 5-0 on the season.
Auburn heads to No. 10 Florida for an SEC Saturday afternoon showdown on CBS at 2:30 p.m. CT. The cross-divisional match-up will play a key role in defining both teams’ post-season expectations.
Nix’s top competitors this week were Arkansas State’s Layne Hatcher and Tanner Morgan of Minnesota. Hatcher completed 25-of-35 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns as the Red Wolves defeated Troy, 50-43, in Sun Belt action. Morgan set a Big-Ten record for completion percentage by going 21-of-22 for 396 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 conference road win over Purdue.
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 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.