BYU’s Zach Wilson Named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week
NEW ORLEANS (September 10, 2020) – Zach Wilson, a junior from Brigham Young University, 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.
Wilson completed 13-of 18 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 55-3 season-opening win over Navy on Monday night. It was BYU’s largest margin of victory over an FBS foe since 2009. He led the Cougars to scores on seven of his eight drives, including six touchdowns, before exiting the game in the third quarter.
The Draper, Utah, native moved into 18th on the BYU career passing yards list and tied Christian Stewart for career passing touchdowns at 18.
The Cougars will return to action against Army in West Point, N.Y., on Sept. 19 on CBS at 2:30 p.m. CST.
Wilson won this week’s award over Marshall’s Grant Wells and Tyler Johnston, III, of UAB. Wells, a redshirt freshman, completed 16-of-23 passes, including the first eight passes of his career, for 307 yards (the Marshall record for passing yards in a debut) and four touchdowns as he led the Thundering Herd to a 59-0 win over Eastern Kentucky. Johnston completed 17-of-25 passes for 143 yards (moving into seventh place all-time in UAB career passing yards) and two TDs as he as he led the Blazers to their Conference USA record 19th straight home victory – a 45-35 victory over Central Arkansas.
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. Ten finalists will be selected and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
In its first 16 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 12 different schools and from four different conferences. The Big 12 Conference (Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) and the Southeastern Conference (Joe Burrow, Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) lead the way with five Manning Award honorees each, while and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) has had four Manning Award winners. LSU (Burrow and Russell) joins Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) and Texas (McCoy and Young) as the only schools with two different winners.
All 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.