Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (September 26, 2016) – 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:

Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech (13-of-20, 282 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.5)
Evans, who also rushes for 97 yards and a TD, directs the Hokies to scores on their final five possessions of the first half as they roll to a 54-17 win over East Carolina.

Riley Ferguson, Memphis (20-of-27, 359 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.0)
Ferguson, who adds a rushing touchdown, ties a school-record for touchdowns (all in the first half) as the Tigers cruise to a 77-3 victory over Bowling Green.

Daniel Jones, Duke (24-of-32, 290 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 86.4)
Jones connects on a 64-yard scoring pass midway through the fourth quarter to tie the score and then gets the Blue Devils in position for the game-winning field goal with 1:24 to go as Duke shocks Notre Dame on the road, 38-35.

Trevor Knight, Texas A&M (12-of-22, 225 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.5)
Knight, who also rushes for 157 yards and scores of 42 and 48 yards, connects on a 92-yard touchdown pass to snap a 17-17 third-quarter deadlock as the Aggies improve to 4-0 with a critical 45-24 SEC win over Arkansas.

Steven Montez, Colorado (23-of-32, 333 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 89.8)
Montez, making his first career start, adds 135 rushing yards and a score, as the Buffaloes top Oregon, 41-38, for their first win over the Ducks since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

Seth Russell, Baylor (18-of-28, 387 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.0)
Russell, who also leads his team with 65 rushing yards, connects on an 89-yard third-quarter scoring pass to break a 21-21 tie as he leads the Bears to a key 35-24 Big 12 win over Oklahoma State.

Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina (35-of-46, 453 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 87.8)
Trubisky throws for a pair of touchdowns in the final 5:24 as the Tar Heels erase a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Pittsburgh, 37-36.

Troy Williams, Utah (21-of-34, 270 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 80.4)
Williams, who adds a rushing TD, connects on an 18-yard scoring strike with 16 seconds to go to cap a comeback from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit as the Utes stop USC, 31-27, in Pac-12 action.

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 Wednesday, November 30 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 9.

In its first 12 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 11 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference leads the way with four Manning Award winners (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell, Tim Tebow), while Texas is the only school with two winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young). Watson was the third winner from the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) and Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013).

All of 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. Fifty-five players from 52 different schools were honored during the 2015 season.