Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (November 16, 2015) – 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:

Nick Arbuckle, Georgia State (23-of-34, 471 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 89.8)
Arbuckle tallies a school-record for passing yards and matches his career-high in touchdown passes as he leads the Panthers to a school record 643 yards of offense in a 41-19 win over Texas State.

Luke Falk, Washington State (38-of-53, 331 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 75.9)
Falk, who records his ninth 300-yard game of the year, delivers a 21-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining to lift the Cougars to a 31-27 upset of No. 19 UCLA on the road.

Jared Goff, California (26-of-37, 453 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 78.4)
Goff helps the Bears snap a four-game losing streak and become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011 as he directs the Cal offense to a school-record 760 yards of offense in a 54-24 victory over Oregon State.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (24-of-34, 270 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 88.6)
Mayfield, who also rushes for 76 yards and a touchdown, leads the Sooners to a critical victory, upending No. 6 Baylor, 44-34, to snap the Bear’s national-best 20-game home winning streak.

Nick Mullens, Southern Miss (23-of-31, 368 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.5)
Mullens matches the school record for touchdown passes while playing just two and a half quarters, sparking a 35-point second quarter (another school record) as the Golden Eagles cruise to a 65-10 C-USA victory over Rice.

Keenan Reynolds, Navy (2-of-9, 81 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 94.5)
Reynolds rushes for 137 yards and four touchdowns to set the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns (81) as he leads the Midshipmen to a 55-14 victory over SMU to remain undefeated in American Athletic action.

Jake Rudock, Michigan (33-of-46, 440 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Rudock, who also paces his team with 64 rushing yards, sets the school record for touchdown passes as he forces overtime with a scoring delivery with two seconds to go in regulation, then adds two more in overtime as the Wolverines top Indiana, 48-41, on the road.

Deshaun Watson, Clemson (34-of-47, 360 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 78.1)
Watson also paces his team with 105 rushing yards and a touchdown as he leads the Tigers to their fifth straight 10-win season as they go on the road to defeat Syracuse, 37-27 in ACC action.

While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List and 10 additional quarterbacks were added to the Watch List on October 14, all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. The 10 finalists for the Manning Award will be announced on Wednesday, December 2 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 11.

In its first 11 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 10 different schools and from four different conferences. One of the more unique aspects of the Manning Award is the fact that it takes into account the quarterbacks bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Ten of the 11 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor; the lone loss was by Colt McCoy in the 2010 BCS Championship game when he suffered an early injury. In addition to McCoy, six other Manning honorees (Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota) led their teams to the national championship game (BCS or CFP).

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. Sixty-two players from 58 different schools were honored during the 2014 season.