Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (November 2, 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.

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

Matt Corral, Ole Miss (31-of-34, 412 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.7)
Corral, who opens the game with a school-record 19 straight completions, registers career-highs in nearly every passing category in less than three quarters of action as he leads the Rebels to a 54-21 SEC road win over Vanderbilt.

Rocky Lombardi, Michigan State (17-of-32, 323 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.0)
Lombardi tallies career-highs in passing yards (the third-most for a Spartan against the archrival Wolverines) and touchdowns as he leads the Spartans to a 27-24 upset of No. 13 Michigan in a Big Ten road game.

Aidan O’Connell, Purdue (29-of-35, 371 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 84.5)
O’Connell, who tallies his second career 300-yard game, helps the Boilermakers improve to 2-0 with a 31-24 Big Ten win over Illinois on the road.

Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati (21-of-26, 271 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 93.9)
Ridder, who also rushes for a pair of touchdowns, leads the undefeated Bearcats to a 49-10 AAC win over Memphis.

Jack Sears, Boise State (17-of-20, 280 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.8)
Sears, who also rushes for 36 yards and a touchdown in his first start at Boise State, tallies career-highs in yards and touchdowns as he leads the Broncos to a 49-30 MW win over Air Force on the road.

Nick Starkel, San Jose State (34-of-47, 467 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 72.8)
Starkel, who notches his third career 400-yard game and sets a career-mark for TD passes in a game, leads the Spartans to a 38-21 MW win over New Mexico for their first 2-0 start since 1987. 

Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland (26-of-35, 394 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.2)
Tagovailoa, who also rushes for 64 yards, leads the Terrapins back from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, then adds his second rushing TD of the day to put Maryland in position for the 45-44 upset of Minnesota in Big Ten play.

D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson (30-of-41, 342 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Uiagalelei, who also rushes for a touchdown in his first career start, leads the Tigers back from an 18-point deficit, the largest home comeback in school history, as they top Boston College, 34-28, in ACC 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. 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.