Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (September 21, 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:

Luke Anthony, Louisiana Tech (13-of-21, 149 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 73.6)
Anthony make his debut for the Bulldogs, coming off the bench to throw for three second-half touchdowns, including a four-yard delivery with 15 seconds to go to lift Tech to a thrilling 31-30 road victory over Southern Miss.

Shane Buechele, SMU (24-of-33, 344 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.6)
Buechele, who notches his seventh 300-yard passing game, also runs for a touchdown as he leads the Mustangs to a 65-35 road win over North Texas.

Dillon Gabriel, UCF (27-of-41, 417 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 83.1)
Gabriel tallies career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns as he leads the Knights their fifth straight season-opening victory, a 49-21 road win over Georgia Tech.

Phil Jurkovec, Boston College (17-of-23, 300 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 84.1)
Jurkovec, making his first career start, led the Eagles to a TD on their first drive, then completed 6-of-7 third-quarter passes for 151 yards and a pair of TDs as Boston College rolled to a 26-6 road victory over Duke.

D’Eriq King, Miami (18-of-30, 325 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 77.3)
King tallies his sixth career 300-yard game, including a 75-yard third-quarter TD hook-up that broke open a tight game as the Hurricanes go on the road to top No. 18 Louisville, 47-34, in ACC action.

Dalen Morris, Navy (6-of-11, 139 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 61.7)
Morris came off the bench and tallies career-highs in nearly every category as he keys a miraculous comeback from a 24-0 deficit, leading the Midshipmen to a shocking 27-24 road victory over Tulane.

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh (25-of-36, 215 yards 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 56.1)
Pickett, who also rushes for a touchdown, accounts for all of the Panthers’ scores in a 21-10 ACC victory over Syracuse.

Tyler Vitt, Texas State (14-of-21, 256 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.8)
Vitt, who also runs for 82 yards and a touchdown, throws for TDs of 32 and 75 yards as he leads the Bobcats to a 38-17 Sun Belt victory over UL Monroe on the road.

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.