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

NEW ORLEANS (October 16, 2014) – Dak Prescott, a junior from Mississippi State, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the fourth 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, led third-ranked Mississippi State to a huge win over #2 Auburn completing 18-of-34 passes for 246 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He added 121 rushing yards and two more scores in the 38-20 upset.

Gracing the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, Prescott dominated the voting racking up a total of 10,282 Facebook “likes”, a new record since the start of the contest in 2011.

“To have so many people vote for me is humbling and shows the country just how passionate our Bulldog family is about their football,” Prescott said. “On a personal level, the Manning Award is special to me because I’m from Louisiana and it’s presented by the Sugar Bowl. I grew up dreaming about playing in that game.”

Prescott’s top competitors this week were UAB’s Cody Clements and Tyler Murphy of Boston College. Clements tallied his career-high in passing yards while also rushing for a touchdown to lead the Blazers to a 56-21 win over North Texas as the Blazers notched their fourth win, already matching their most wins since 2009. Murphy collected his third 100-yard rushing game, collecting 132 yards on just 15 carries, including two scores, in a 30-14 ACC road win over N.C. State.

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-