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Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor

NEW ORLEANS (September 11, 2014) – Dak Prescott, a junior from Mississippi State, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.

Prescott, a Haughton, La. native,  became the first QB in MSU history with four TD passes and 100 rushing yards (111) as he broke open a tight game with three third-quarter touchdowns (two passing and one rushing) in a 47-34 victory over UAB. This is the second consecutive week he has passed for four touchdowns, helping the Bulldogs to score 96 points in two weeks of play.

Mississippi State fans posted over 2,000 votes this week giving Prescott a clear victory over the seven other stars of the week. The 6-foot-2, 230 lb signal caller is tied for first in the FBS with eight passing touchdowns and ranks eighth nationally in quarterback rating. Prescott returns to action this Saturday as the 2-0 Bulldogs travel to Mobile, Ala., to take on South Alabama inside Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The 3 p.m. kickoff will be televised live on ESPN News.

Prescott’s top competitors this week were Eastern Washington’s Vernon Adams and Missouri’s Maty Mauk. Adams tallied a career-high in passing yards and set a school record for touchdown passes with seven in a 59-52 loss to Washington.  Mauk, who also ran for a touchdown, tallied a career-high for passing yards with 325 while matching his most TD passes (5), as Missouri blew out Toledo, 49-24.

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.

Visit the Manning Award page here.

While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 12.

The Manning Award will be recognizing its 11th 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, at the time, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. Auburn’s Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. The 2012 honoree was Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, who was also a top NFL draft pick (No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins). The 2013 and 2014 winners were also the first freshmen to collect the honor – in 2013, it was Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, and he was followed by last year’s winner, Jameis Winston from Florida State. Both freshmen also collected the Heisman Trophy after their sensational debut seasons.

-AllstateSugarBowl.org-