Oregon State's Sean Mannion Earns Manning Award Player of the Week Honor park
Sean Mannion, a junior from Oregon State, has been selected as Manning Award Player of the Week. He earns the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest. This is Mannion’s second win of the season.
Mannion, a Pleasanton, Calif. native, set a school record for passing touchdowns while tallying his third 400-yard game of the year in leading the Beavers to their fourth straight victory, 44-17, over Colorado. He completed 27-of-52 passes for 414 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception.
He was also selected the Pac-12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. He is the first player in the league to be a multi-weekly winner of the offensive, defensive or special teams honor. He leads the nation for touchdown passes with 21 and for yards with 2,018. He has thrown for over 350 yards in five consecutive games, which is also a school record.
Mannion’s top competitors in this week’s competition were Nevada’s Cody Fajardo and Georgia’s Aaron Murray. Fajardo, who rushed for 81 yards and two scores, led the Wolf Pack to a thrilling 45-42 comeback victory over Air Force. Murray threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 1:47 to go to cap another strong week, this time leading the Bulldogs to a win over sixth-ranked LSU, 44-41, while also passing Peyton Manning for career passing yards.
Check out the final fan voting numbers on Facebook here.
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.
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, Nov. 27 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 6.
The Manning Award will be recognizing its 10th winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor – he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. McCoy was followed by top-two NFL Draft picks – Auburn's Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers and then Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, was the 2012 winner prior to being the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins. This past season's winner was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to earn the honor.