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Clemson’s Deshaun Watson Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor

NEW ORLEANS (October 2, 2014) – Deshaun Watson, a freshman from Clemson, 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.

In his first career start, Watson completed 27-of -36 passes for 435 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 50-35 ACC win over North Carolina. The six touchdowns set a Clemson single game record and tied an ACC record. They were the most touchdown passes by an ACC quarterback in his first career start and most by an ACC freshman in history. The 435 passing yards were second in Clemson history and second most by an ACC quarterback in his first career start.

Through four games, Watson is first in the nation in yards per attempt at 11.87 and is second in passing efficiency at 212.7. He trails only Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in that category. The Gainesville, Ga. native was also named national freshman-of-the-week by CBSSports.com and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week for the second consecutive week. Watson and the Tigers return to action at home against N.C. State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

Watson’s top competitors this week were Gary Nova of Rutgers and TCU’s Trevone Boykin. Nova became Rutgers career leader in touchdown passes in 31-6 win over Tulane, including a 93-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Turzilli. Boykin passed for four touchdowns and added two rushing as the Horned Frogs remained undefeated with a 56-0 victory over SMU in the “Battle for the Iron Skillet.”

Check out the final fan voting numbers on Facebook here. 

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

Visit the Manning Award page here.

While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 12.

The Manning Award will be recognizing its 11th winner this year. USC’s Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas’ Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU’s JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick. Boston College’s Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor – he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, at the time, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. Auburn’s Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. The 2012 honoree was Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, who was also a top NFL draft pick (No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins). The 2013 and 2014 winners were also the first freshmen to collect the honor – in 2013, it was Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, and he was followed by last year’s winner, Jameis Winston from Florida State. Both freshmen also collected the Heisman Trophy after their sensational debut seasons.

-AllstateSugarBowl.org-