Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week park
Joshua Dobbs, a senior from the University of Tennessee, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He is the first repeat winner of the season as he earns the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Dobbs completed 15-of-22 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a career-best 190 yards (on just 10 carries) and two touchdowns, including a career-long 70-yard dash with 13:20 to en route to a 63-37 SEC win over Missouri. He has accounted for an SEC-high 34 touchdowns this season (24 passing, 9 rushing, one receiving).
The Alpharetta, Ga., native now has 50 career touchdown passes and 29 career rushing touchdowns, making him just the fourth SEC quarterback to throw for 50 scores and rush for 25 in a career. The Vols will travel to Vanderbilt for the final game of the regular season this Saturday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.
Dobbs' top competitors this week were Justin Herbert of Oregon and Wyoming's Josh Allen. Herbert completed 30-of-43 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, including a 17-yarder with two seconds remaining to lift the Ducks to a 30-28 road upset of No. 12 Utah in Pac-12 action. Allen completed 16-of-31 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter, to lead the Cowboys to a 34-33 upset of No. 24 San Diego State in MW 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.