Northern Illinois’ Anthony Maddie Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Northern Illinois's Anthony Maddie has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the fifth week of the 2016 college football season. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
In his first career start at quarterback, Maddie completed 26-of-41 passes for 298 yards while running for 160 yards on 14 carries to lead the Huskies to their first win of 2016. Maddie scored NIU's first touchdown on a 75-yard run on which he broke multiple tackles before running away from the defenders to the end zone. His 458 yards of total offense are the eighth most in NIU history and the most since Heisman Trophy finalist and NIU great Jordan Lynch had 468 yards in 2013. He hit receiver Kenny Golladay on touchdown passes of 14 and 22 yards, and completed long balls of 41 and 34 yards. Maddie averaged 11.4 yards per rush and 8.3 yards per play in the game.
The Huskies return to action this weekend against MAC-frontrunner Western Michigan. Maddie, a Plainfield, Ill., product who began his career at Western Michigan before transferring to NIU, is expected to make his second career start after his strong performance against Ball State.
Maddie's top competition came from Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Houston's Greg Ward Jr. Mayfield connected on 23-of-30 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns while also adding a pair of rushing scores in a 52-46 victory over No. 21 TCU while Ward completed 32-of-38 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Connecticut.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced on Wednesday, October 12. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 30. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 11.
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 is 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.