Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (September 14, 2020) – 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 2004 to honor 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.

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This week’s eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:

Micale Cunningham, Louisville (19-of-34, 343 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.1)
Cunningham, who also rushes for a touchdown, notches a career-high in passing yards as he leads the Cardinals to a 35-21 win over Western Kentucky.

Sam Ehlinger, Texas (25-of-33, 426 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.5)
Ehlinger opens the Longhorn season with a 78-yard TD connection and keeps rolling to career-highs in passing yards and TDs as Texas cruises to a 59-3 win over UTEP.

Frank Harris, UTSA (23-of-31, 169 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 73.4)
Harris, who also rushes for 52 yards and a school record-tying three touchdowns, throws a 25-yard TD pass in the first overtime to key the Roadrunners’ thrilling 51-48 double-OT victory over Texas State.

Layne Hatcher, Arkansas State (6-of-8, 61 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.7)
Hatcher, part of an effective QB platoon system with Logan Bonner, threw a pair of second-half TDs, including the game-winner with 38 seconds to go as the Red Wolves shocked Kansas State, 35-31 – their first win over a Power 5 opponent in 12 years.

D’Eriq King, Miami (16-of-24, 144 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 82.4)
King, who makes his debut for the Hurricanes, also runs for 83 yards as he keys their 31-14 victory over UAB.

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (22-of-28, 351 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 88.7)
Lawrence, who also rushes for a pair of touchdowns, tallies his eighth career 300-yard game as he leads the Tigers to a 37-13 ACC road win over Wake Forest.

Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina (11-of-18, 133 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.0)
McCall, making his first career start, also runs for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he helps the Chanticleers jump to a 28-0 lead en route to a 38-23 road win over Kansas.

Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech (24-of-35, 277 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, QBR: 74.6)
Sims, a true freshman making his collegiate debut, also rushes for 64 yards as he directs the Yellow Jackets to nine fourth-quarter points in a 16-13 comeback win over ACC foe Florida 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. Ten finalists will be selected and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.

In its first 16 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) and the Southeastern Conference (Joe Burrow, Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) lead the way with five Manning Award honorees each, while and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) has had four Manning Award winners. LSU (Burrow and Russell) joins Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) and 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. Seventy-one players from 65 different schools were honored during the 2019 season and 377 different quarterbacks from 127 schools have been recognized since 2011.