Memphis’ Paxton Lynch Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Paxton Lynch, a junior from the University of Memphis, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
The Deltona, Fla., native completed 9-of-14 passes for 222 yards and seven touchdowns, matching an FBS record by throwing those seven touchdown passes in the first half, and led the Tigers to single-season records for yards and points in a 63-0 win over SMU. Lynch was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting performance.
The 6-foot-7, 245-pound signal caller added to his Memphis season passing yards' record which now stands at 3,670 yards. With the seven touchdown passes, Lynch also established a new season record for touchdown passes and currently has 28 for the year.
Lynch's top competition came from Nick Mullens of Southern Miss and Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky. Mullens completed 24-of-37 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns as he led the Golden Eagles to their sixth straight win and their school-record fifth 50-point game of the season clinching the Conference USA West Division title with a 58-24 win over Louisiana Tech. Doughty completed 27-of-39 passes for 370 yards and five touchdowns becoming the third player in Division I history to have consecutive seasons of 4,000 passing yards and 40 touchdowns, as the Hilltoppers clinch Conference USA's East Division in a 49-28 victory over Marshall.
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.