Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (October 21, 2013) – 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 Player 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:

Derek Carr, Fresno State
(33-of-48, 412 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 94.1)
Carr throws a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game and continues to roll, registering his 15th career 300-yard effort, while also setting the school record for career TD passes (86) in a 38-14 win over UNLV.

Devin Gardner, Michigan
(21-of-29, 503 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.1)
Gardner, who also rushes for 81 yards and three touchdowns, re-writes the Wolverine record books, setting school records for passing yards and total offense, while leading Michigan to a wild 63-47 win over Indiana.

Brendon Kay, Cincinnati
(17-of-24, 300 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.8)
Kay, who also scores a rushing touchdown, has a big game for the Bearcats, tallying season-bests in yards and touchdowns, as he carries Cincinnati to a 41-16 blowout win over Connecticut.

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
(20-of-30, 155 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 85.5)
Lynch, who has a solid passing day, has an exceptional rushing day, breaking the FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 yards, as well as three touchdowns, in a 38-17 win over Central Michigan, the Huskies’ 20th straight MAC victory.

Sean Mannion, Oregon State
(35-of-45, 481 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.2)
Mannion registers his fifth 400-yard game of the year while extending his national lead in TD passes in a 49-17 Pac-12 road victory over California.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon
(23-of-32, 327 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.6)
Mariota opens the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown run and then continues to lead the dominant Duck attack, recording his sixth game this year with a 90-plus QBR in a 62-38 win over Washington State.

Bryce Petty, Baylor
(23-of-31, 343 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.1)
Petty, who also rushes for a touchdown, directs the most prolific offense in football to another amazing 700-yard performance as the Bears crush Iowa State, 71-7.

Jameis Winston, Florida State
(22-of-34, 444 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 89.4)
Winston throws a career-high in passing yards and adds a rushing touchdown as he plays the biggest game of his young career on the road and dominates in a 51-14 win over No. 3 Clemson.

Last week’s Manning Award Quarterback of the Week was Sean Mannion from Oregon State, who collected the honor for the third time this year. The junior signal-caller completed 34-of-51 passes for 493 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-24 road win over Washington State. He set the Beaver record for passing yards in a game while tallying his fifth consecutive game with 350-plus yards as well as his fifth career 400-yard effort.

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, Nov. 27 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 6.

The Manning Award will be recognizing its 10th winner this year. USC’s Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas’ Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU’s JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick. Boston College’s Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor – he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. McCoy was followed by top-two NFL Draft picks – Auburn’s Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers and then Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, was the 2012 winner prior to being the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins. This past season’s winner was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to earn the honor.