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 third win this season.
Mannion completed 34-of-51 passes for 493 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in a 52-24 road win over Washington State. He set the Beaver record for passing yards in a game with his fifth consecutive game with 350-plus yards as well as his fifth career 400-yard effort.
The Pleasanton, Calif. native currently leads the nation in passing yards (2,511) passing yards per game (403.6) and touchdown passes (25) while completing 67.1 percent of his passes. He is a two-time Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week and has passed for 7,792 career yards, the most by a current Pac-12 quarterback and ranks No. 28 in the league's record book.
Mannion tallied the most Facebook votes of the season with 4,809. His top competitors in this week's competition were Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Wyoming's Brett Smith. Mariota completed 24-of-31 passes for 366 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, also adding 88 yards and one score on the ground, as the Ducks beat No. 16 Washington, 45-24, on the road. Smith completed 19-of-33 passes for 247 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed for 140 yards, his third career game with 100 rushing yards, including two fourth-quarter touchdowns to clinch a Mountain West victory over New Mexico, 38- 31.
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.