Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week park
Joshua Dobbs, a junior from the University of Tennessee, 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.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native went 25-of-42 for a career-high 312 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Dobbs added 118 yards and two scores on the ground, including the go-ahead score with 5:48 remaining, as the Volunteers erased a 21-point deficit to come from behind and upend No. 19 Georgia, 38-31.
Dobbs' performance earned him SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors and marked just the second time in Tennessee history that a quarterback had thrown for 300 yards and rushed for 100 yards. The 6-3, 207-pound signal caller also accomplished the feat last year against South Carolina.
Dobbs' top competitors this week were Washington State's Luke Falk and Tanner Mangum of BYU. In a 45-38 win over Oregon, Falk knotted the game at 31 with a touchdown pass on the final play of regulation, then ran for a score to force a second overtime, and wins the game with another touchdown strike.. Despite injuring his hamstring in the third quarter, Mangum came back in the fourth quarter to rally his team while tallying his third 300-yard game (a school freshman record) and directing the Cougars to a 45-38 win over East Carolina.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks are expected to be added to the Watch List later in the season. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Wednesday, December 2 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 11.
In its first 11 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 10 different schools and from four different conferences. One of the more unique aspects of the Manning Award is the fact that it takes into account the quarterbacks bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Ten of the 11 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor; the lone loss was by Colt McCoy in the 2010 BCS Championship game when he suffered an early injury. In addition to McCoy, six other Manning honorees (Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota) led their teams to the national championship game (BCS or CFP).
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. Sixty-two players from 58 different schools were honored during the 2014 season.