South Alabama's Dallas Davis Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Dallas Davis, a sophomore from the University of South Alabama, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the opening week of the 2016 college football season. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
The Panama City, Florida, native, making his first career start, directed a shocking upset as he led the Jaguars in overcoming a 17-0 halftime deficit and a 20-7 fourth-quarter margin. He connected on a short TD with 1:03 to go to put his team on top of Mississippi State for good, 21-20, in their first win over an SEC school in program history.
Davis completed 24-of-34 passes, connecting with five different targets, for 285 yards and two touchdowns on his way to being named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week. The Jaguars will welcome Georgia Southern to Ladd-Peebles Stadium for their first home game and Sun Belt Conference contest of the season on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN3.
Davis' top competition came from Texas State's Tyler Jones and Mike White of Western Kentucky. Jones set the school record for completions and matched the record for passing yards, and in three overtime periods, he threw for a touchdown and a two-point conversion and caught a touchdown pass as the Bobcats upended Ohio, 56-54. White, making his first start for WKU, became the third quarterback in Hilltopper history to throw for 500 yards, as he led Western Kentucky to a 46-14 victory over Rice in Conference USA action.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced on Wednesday, October 12. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 30. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 11.
In its first 12 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 11 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference leads the way with four Manning Award winners (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell, Tim Tebow), while Texas is the only school with two winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young). Watson is the third winner from the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) and Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013).
All of the Manning Award winners follow in the footsteps of the Mannings themselves. In college, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning combined for over 25,000 passing yards and 201 touchdowns while playing in 10 bowl games and earning four bowl MVP awards. Archie was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, while both Peyton and Eli were selected No. 1 overall.
In addition to the Manning Award's yearly honor, each week during the regular season, eight quarterbacks are recognized as Manning Quarterbacks of the Week. Fifty-five players from 52 different schools were honored during the 2015 season.