Mississippi State's Dak Prescott Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Dak Prescott, a senior from Mississippi State University, 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.
Prescott completed 25-of-35 passes for a season-high 348 yards with three touchdowns in a 42-16 win against Kentucky last weekend. He added 117 rushing yards and three scores on the ground becoming the first player in school history to record 300-plus passing yards and 100-plus rushing yards in a single game. With his six total touchdowns, Prescott tied former MSU quarterback Jackie Parker's single-game record at MSU.
After both teams enjoy an off week, Mississippi State travels to meet Missouri on Thursday, November 5. The game will kickoff at 8 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPN.
Prescott's top competition came from Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Washington State's Luke Falk. Watson completed 5-of-19 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown while adding 98 rushing yards and a score on the ground and sitting much of the second half as the Tigers handed Miami its worst loss in program history, 58-0, in ACC road action. Falk completed 47-of-62 passes for 514 yards and five touchdowns, setting a record for the most passing yards ever against Arizona and registering the sixth 400-yard game of his career in a 45-42 Pac-12 road victory over Arizona.
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.