Navy’s Malcolm Perry Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week
NEW ORLEANS (October 10, 2019) – Malcolm Perry, a Junior from the Naval Academy, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the sixth 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 Perry’s first time winning the honor.
Perry captained the Midshipmen to a stunning 34-25 comeback win over Air Force in a battle of service academies. The quarterback posted modest passing numbers, completing 5-of-7 passes for 144 yards. It was his rushing effort, however, that made the difference. He had 23 carries for 111 yards with two touchdowns, including the game-winner which came with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.
The junior from Clarksville, Tenn., is responsible for 12 touchdowns on the season, nine of which have come on the ground. Throughout the season, Perry has done what it takes to put his team in a position to win, leading Navy to its 3-1 record.
Perry has had a commanding presence on the field. Throughout his career, he has accumulated over 2,700 rushing yards, looking to top the 3,000-yard mark later this season. The run-heavy quarterback has 28 career rushing touchdowns, including a long of 92-yards, and averages 6.8 yards per carry.
Up next for Navy is a trip to Tulsa. The Midshipmen will face an American Conference western division opponent in a primetime matchup on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. CT.
The battle for Quarterback of the Week was close, as Perry edged Texas Tech’s Jett Duffy. Duffy led Texas Tech to the upset of No. 21 Oklahoma State by completing 26-of-44 passing for 424 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Also a top contender this week was Dan Ellington from Georgia State. The Panthers quarterback recorded a career high for passing yards and total offense, with 382 yards and 722 yards, respectively. His efforts led Georgia State to a 52-38 Sun Belt win over Arkansas State.
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.