Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (November 23, 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 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:

Vernon Adams, Oregon (20-of-25, 407 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 98.9)
Adams registers a season-high for passing yards and throws each of his touchdown passes to a different receiver as he matches the school-record for TD passes in a 48-28 Pac-12 victory over No. 24 USC.

Brandon Allen, Arkansas (30-of-43, 406 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.2)
Allen sets a school record for touchdown passes while becoming Arkansas’ all-time leader in TD passes (63), but it’s not enough as a blocked extra-point sends Mississippi State to a 51-50 victory.

Jake Browning, Washington (18-of-20, 211 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.0)
Browning leads the Huskies to scores on their first possessions as they jump to a 52-0 advantage en route to a 52-7 Pac-12 victory over Oregon State.

Chad Kelly, Ole Miss (19-of-34, 280 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 93.8)
Kelly also rushes for team-highs of 81 yards and two touchdowns as he breaks the school season records for total offense and total touchdowns in a 38-17 win over No. 15 LSU.

Blake Kemp, East Carolina (35-of-51, 465 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 84.4)
Kemp registers career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns as he helps the Pirates snap a three-game losing streak, keeping them in range of bowl eligibility with a 44-7 road victory over UCF.

Kenny Potter, San Jose State (23-of-32, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 98.2)
Potter also rushes for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he leads the Spartans to touchdowns on each of their first six drives as they blow out Hawaii, 42-23, in Mountain West action.

Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (38-of-50, 508 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 91.1)
Prescott, who adds a pair of rushing touchdowns to his career-high in passing yards, throws for two scores and runs for one in the fourth quarter alone as the Bulldogs erase a 42-31 deficit to shock Arkansas, 51-50, on the road.

Deshaun Watson, Clemson (24-of-35, 343 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 87.1)
Despite playing without his starting running back, Watson leads the Tigers to their seventh straight game with 500 or more yards in a 33-13 victory over Wake Forest.

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.