Oregon State's Sean Mannion Earns Manning Award Player of the Week 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 was Mannion's fourth nomination and his first win.
In a 51-48 Pac-12 road victory over Utah, Mannion completed 27-of-44 passes for 443 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He converted a pair of critical fourth downs in the fourth quarter and then threw the game-winning pass in overtime, marking his career high for yards and touchdowns.
Mannion was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the third time in his career. His five touchdown passes tied a school record. He is second in the nation for passing yards per game at 412.3 and is tied for the national lead for touchdown passes with 12 – now at a total of 43 for his career. The Beavers are in action this Saturday at San Diego State at 6:30 p.m. CT in a game being televised by CBS College Sports.
Mannion's top competitors in this week's competition were Oklahoma's Blake Bell and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. Making his first career start, Bell led the Sooners to scores on their first five possessions in a 51-20 win over in-state rival Tulsa. He completed 27-of-37 passes for four touchdowns and no interceptions. Despite losing, Manziel set a school record for passing yards with 464. He had five touchdown passes, leading the Aggies to the most points scored against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team in a 49-42 thriller in College Station.
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.