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

Mississippi State AthleticsNEW ORLEANS (September 25, 2014) – Dak Prescott, a junior from Mississippi State, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the second time this season. 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, went 15-of-24 for 268 yards with two touchdowns and added 105 rushing yards and another touchdown as he led the Bulldogs to a 34-29 upset victory over No. 8 LSU on the road – snapping Mississippi State’s 14-game losing streak in the series with the Tigers.

In his first year as a full-time starter at Mississippi State after sharing duties with Tyler Russell last year, Prescott has thrown for more than 200 yards and rushed for more than 100 in three straight games. He has led the Bulldogs to a 4-0 start this season while gaining the respect of college football analysts all over the country.

Former LSU All-American defensive end Marcus Spears is now working as an analyst for the SEC Network. After watching Prescott dominate his alma mater this past Saturday, he had this to say about the signal caller, “Often times, we forget why we do things. Dak Prescott understands he’s a representation of his family, his mom and everyone that invested time in him for him to become who he is. Every player should take that approach when they take the field.”

Bulldog fans came out strong to show their support for their star quarterback this week as they lit up the Facebook voting with 5,136 “likes”. This is the third highest number since the Manning Quarterback of the Week contest began in 2011.

Prescott’s top competitors this week were Arizona’s Anu Solomon and East Carolina’s Shane Carden. Solomon set school records for yards, completions and attempts as he led the Wildcats to 36 fourth-quarter points, including a final-second Hail Mary touchdown pass in a miraculous 49-45 victory over California. Carden had his second straight 400-yard game, both coming in victories over ACC opponents, as he led the Pirates to an impressive 70-41 victory over state-rival North Carolina.

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-