West Virginia's Clint Trickett Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Clint Trickett, a senior from West Virginia, 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.
Trickett, a Tallahassee, Fla. native, tallied his seventh 300-yard game of the year, delivering a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Mountaineers shocked No. 4 Baylor, 41-27. He finished the game 23-of-35 for 322 yards and three touchdowns. He is completing 68.2 percent of his attempts for the season with 15 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. He has 2,525 passing yards which rank third in the nation.
The Florida State transfer made his first start for West Virginia last season against Oklahoma State and he made the most of it with a gutsy performance that carried his team to their first Big 12 victory of the season. He heads back to Stillwater on Saturday with a lot more experience under his belt to face the Cowboys at 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.
Trickett's top competitors this week were Connor Cook of Michigan State and Rakeem Cato from Marshall. Cook completed 24-of-32 passes for 332 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He registered his fourth career 300-yard passing game improving to 13-0 against Big Ten foes as the Spartans tallied their fifth game of 40-plus points this year in a 56-17 victory over Indiana on the road. Cato completed 15-of-27 passes for 214 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He set an NCAA FBS record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 39th straight game as the Thundering Herd remained perfect with a 45-13 C-USA road win over FIU.
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.
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.