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Houston’s Greg Ward Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor

NEW ORLEANS (October 1, 2015) – Greg Ward, a junior from the University of Houston, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.

Ward notched his third straight game with 200-plus passing yards and set a career best for touchdown passes as the Cougars remained undefeated with a decisive 59-14 win over Texas State. The Tyler, Texas, native completed 17-of-21 passes for 274 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for a game-high 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Ward was able to accomplish all of this in just 39 minutes of action as he left the game with six minutes left in the third quarter.

Ward’s top competition came from TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky. Boykin completed 34-of-54 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns in a thrilling 55-52 Big 12 road win over previously undefeated Texas Tech. Doughty dominated the first half of a 56-14 victory over Miami (OH) and finished the game 33-of-41 for 457 yards and six touchdowns.

Facebook Voting

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.

Manning Award

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.

-www.AllstateSugarBowl.org-