Virginia Tech's Jerod Evans Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Jerod Evans, a junior from Virginia Tech, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the fourth 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.
Evans connected on 13-of-20 passes for a career-high 282 yards and three scores while adding 97 rushing yards, also a career-high, and another score in a 54-17 win over East Carolina. Through four games, he is completing 67 percent of his passes for 964 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has just one interception and it came off a tipped pass.
The Dallas, Texas, native is also second on the team in rushing with 209 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown run against East Carolina last weekend. The Hokies have a bye this week and return to action at North Carolina on Oct. 8.
Evans' top competition came from Memphis' Riley Ferguson and Trevor Knight of Texas A&M. Ferguson completed 20-of 27 passes for 359 yards, tying a school record, with six touchdowns (all in the first half) and added a rushing touchdown to lead the Tigers to a 77-3 victory over Bowling Green. Knight rushed for 157 yards and scores of 42 and 48 yards while also completing 12-of-22 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns through the air. He connected on a 92-yard TD pass to snap a third quarter 17-17 deadlock as the Aggies remained undefeated with a 45-24 conference win over Arkansas.
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.