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Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor

NEW ORLEANS (September 24, 2015) – Junior Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He narrowly edged runner-up Chad Kelly from Ole Miss in the closest race yet in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook fan-voting contest. Kelly and Mayfield were among eight quarterbacks selected as Manning Award Stars of the Week on Monday. The fan voting ran through Thursday morning at 11 a.m.

Facebook Voting

Mayfield, the Oklahoma standout quarterback for Oklahoma, also had a sensational day, completing 32-of-38 passes for 487 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-38 victory over Tulsa. The junior, a transfer from Texas Tech who sat out last season, also rushed for 85 yards and two more touchdowns to set a school record for total offense with 572 yards. The Sooners finished with 773 yards of offense, their most since 1988 and their second-most ever. Mayfield earned Big 12 Co-Player of the Week honors for his performance.

The Sooners host West Virginia at 11 a.m. Saturday.

A product of Buffalo, N.Y., Kelly was integral to Ole Miss’ upset of No. 2 Alabama on the road, 43-37. The transfer from East Mississippi Community College completed 18-of-33 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns while also adding a rushing touchdown as the Rebels defeated the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1988. Two key plays by Kelly were a 72-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to push the Rebel lead to 12 as well as a 66-yard TD connection in which Kelly’s desperation pass deflected off a defender and a receiver before ricocheting into the hands of Quincy Adeboyejo, who ran it home for a third-quarter score.

Ole Miss and Kelly host Vanderbilt this Saturday at 6 p.m.

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, December 2 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 11.

Manning Award

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.

-www.AllstateSugarBowl.org-