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

NEW ORLEANS (October 9, 2014) – Dak Prescott, a junior from Mississippi State, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the third 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, used his arm and legs to lead the Bulldogs to a critical 48-31 victory over sixth-ranked Texas A&M. He was 19-of-25 for 259 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, while adding 77 rushing yard and three rushing scores. The Heisman Trophy candidate leads all FBS quarterbacks in quarterback rating since Sept. 13 with a 93.1 mark. Prescott has thrown 92 consecutive passes without an interception.

Bulldog fans came out strong once again this week to show their support for their star quarterback as they nearly doubled Prescott’s votes from his last nomination with 9,992, a new record for highest votes since the Manning Quarterback of the Week contest began in 2011. The contest also reached an all-time high in number of total votes with 17,305, far surpassing the previous record of 11,313.

Mississippi State and Auburn meet for the 88th time and the first time as both top-five opponents this Saturday. The

Tigers lead the all-time series 61-24-2 and have claimed five of the last six meetings, but the Bulldogs won the last meeting between the two teams in Starkville, 28-10, in 2012. They face off on CBS at 2:30 p.m. CT.

Prescott’s top competitors this week were East Carolina’s Shane Carden and Austin Appleby of Purdue. In ECU’s debut in the American Athletic Conference, Carden put together a near-flawless effort while also becoming the school’s all-time passing yardage leader in a 45-24 win over SMU. Appleby, making his first career start, added 76 rushing yards and two touchdowns on top of his 202-yard, one-touchdown passing performance leading the Boilermakers to a key Big Ten road victory over Illinois, 38-27.

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-