Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (November 21, 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 Wednesday 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:

Josh Allen, Wyoming (16-of-31, 262 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 88.0)
Allen throws for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 29-yard score with 1:07 left to lead the Cowboys to a 34-33 upset of No. 24 San Diego State in MW action.

Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (15-of-22, 223 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.6)
Dobbs also rushes for a career-best 190 yards (on just 10 carries) and two touchdowns, including a career-long 70-yard dash with 13:20 to go to put the Vols up 42-30 en route to a 63-37 SEC win over Missouri.

Justin Herbert, Oregon (30-of-43, 324 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 88.1)
Herbert, who has his second career 300-yard passing game, connects on a 17-yard pass with two seconds remaining to lift the Ducks to a 30-28 road upset of No. 12 Utah in Pac-12 action.

Sefo Liufau, Colorado (27-of-41, 345 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 82.7)
Liufau also tallies career-highs of 108 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns as he keeps the Buffaloes in the mix for the Pac-12 South title with a 38-24 victory over No. 22 Washington State.

Marcus McMaryion, Oregon State (16-of-19, 265 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 99.2)
McMaryion doubles his career total for touchdowns as he helps the Beavers snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-17 Pac-12 victory over Arizona.

David Washington, Old Dominion (26-of-36, 416 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 86.5)
Washington registers career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns while throwing for four second-half touchdowns as the Monarchs defeat FAU, 42-24, on the road in C-USA action.

Will Worth, Navy (3-of-5, 113 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 82.9)
Worth also rushes for 159 yards, his sixth straight 100-yard game, and four touchdowns as he leads the Midshipmen to a 66-31 road victory over East Carolina to clinch the American Athletic Conference’s West Division title.

Arion Worthman, Air Force (3-of-6, 33 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, QBR: 63.7)
Worthman rushes for a career-best 215 yards and two touchdowns and he throws a 22-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left to lift the Falcons to a 41-38 road victory over San Jose State in MW 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.