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Navy’s Will Worth Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor

NEW ORLEANS (October 27, 2016) – Will Worth, a senior from Navy, 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.

Worth completed 3-of-4 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns, adding a career-high 201 yards on the ground with three scores as he led the Midshipmen to a season-high 447 rushing yards in a 42-28 victory over Memphis in AAC action. He was named the AAC offensive player of the week and Navy stands as the only unbeaten team in conference play.

Worth, a 6-foot-1 Valrico, Fla., native, started the season as a second-string quarterback but was elevated to starting status after Tago Smith injured his right knee in the opener. ”Here’s a kid who was a backup, kept his mouth quiet,” head coach Ken Niumatalolo said. ”Now he’s doing great things.”

Following the win over Memphis, the Midshipmen jumped up three spots to No. 22 in the AP poll. They will face USF on Friday in Tampa at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

Worth’s top competition came from Jerod Evans of Virginia Tech and UTEP’s Ryan Metz, who received the same number of votes this week. Evans completed 21-of-33 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 98 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, as the Hokies upended Miami, 37-16, to move into first place in the ACC Coastal Division race. Metz completed 15-of-23 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fifth overtime, as he led the Miners to their first Conference USA win of the season, 52-49 over UTSA on the road.

Facebook Voting

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.

Manning Award

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.

-www.AllstateSugarBowl.org-