Courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl:
NEW ORLEANS - The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has named eight quarterbacks as its "Stars of the Week." College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.
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.
This week's eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:
Quinn Kaehler, San Diego State
(23-of-32, 286 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.9)
Kaehler registers career-highs in completions, yards and touchdowns with his biggest completion coming in overtime as he finds Eric Judge for a 13-yard touchdown in a 51-44 Mountain West win over Nevada.
Jameis Winston, Florida State
(23-of-32, 393 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.4)
Winston tallies his career-high in touchdowns and passing yards while turning in multiple highlight-reel plays as the Seminoles dismantle previously undefeated Maryland, 63-0.
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
(25-of-29, 340 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.1)
LSU trails late in the second quarter, then explodes for a 38-3 run to crush Mississippi State, 59-26, on the road as Mettenberger is nearly flawless with his career-best completion percentage.
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
(20-of-27, 455 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 94.0)
Boyd matches his own school-record for touchdown passes in three quarters of action as the Tigers win 49-14, providing an unfriendly welcome to Syracuse in its ACC debut.
Jaquez Johnson, Florida Atlantic
(23-of-36, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.2)
Johnson, who also rushes for a career-high 105 yards and a score, leads the Owls to 14 unanswered points to close the game in a 37-23 C-USA road win over UAB.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
(16-of-27, 355 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.9)
Mariota sets a school record with seven touchdowns (he also rushes for two scores) in a 57-16 victory over Colorado on the road.
Keith Wenning, Ball State
(23-of-41, 346 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 77.0)
Wenning, who also rushes for a touchdown, tallies his sixth straight 300-yard game and his season-high, in a 48-27 upset of Virginia on the road.
David Carr, Fresno State
(37-of-48, 419 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 97.0)
Carr tallies 390 of his yards and all of his touchdowns in the first half as the Bulldogs register their fifth 40-point game of the year in a 61-14 Mountain West blowout over Idaho on the road.
Last week's Manning Award Quarterback of the Week was Oregon State star Sean Mannion, who earned the honor for the second time this season. The Pleasanton, Calif., native, set a school record for passing touchdowns while tallying his third 400-yard game of the year in leading the Beavers to their fourth straight victory, 44-17, over Colorado. He completed 27-of-52 passes for 414 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception and was also selected the Pac-12 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
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, Nov. 27 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 6.
The Manning Award will be recognizing its 10th 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, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. McCoy was followed by top-two NFL Draft picks - Auburn's Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers and then Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, was the 2012 winner prior to being the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins. This past season's winner was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to earn the honor.
Courtesy of the Davey O'Brien Foundation:
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Florida State's Jameis Winston has been named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after leading the Seminoles to a convincing 63-0 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference rival Maryland.
Winston equaled his season highs in passing yards (393) and touchdowns (5) while completing 23-of-32 passes against the 25th-ranked Terrapins. Florida State ended the day with 614 yards in total offense against a Maryland team that entered the game ranked sixth in the country in total defense.
"He does as good a job of getting out of pressure and finding guys down the field as he's eluding," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "He can transfer from his eyes to what he sees and get the ball out out."
Winston and the sixth-ranked Seminoles will now have an extra week to prepare before their next game at No. 3 Clemson on October 19.
Honorable Mention for Week Six
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC James Franklin, Missouri, SEC Garrett Gilbert, SMU, AAC Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12 Zach Mettenberger, LSU, SEC Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC Bryce Petty, Baylor, Big 12 Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12
During the first nine weeks of the season, a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee will name a Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. All 125 FBS quarterbacks are candidates for the award until semifinalists are announced on Nov. 4. Finalists will be announced Nov. 25 and the 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on Dec. 12.
About the Davey O'Brien Fan Vote
Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation's best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process, and is combined with the results from the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 12 on ESPN and will be honored at the 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 16-17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
About the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award®
The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O'Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away nearly $900,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
HOW THE VOTING WORKS
The Fan Vote counts as 5% during each round of the voting process and is combined with the results from the Selection Committee.
Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation's best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan Vote totals are cleared after each voting round.
Dukes (1982-85), one of the important building blocks of Bobby Bowden's early Florida State programs in the 1980s, earned consensus All-America honors as a senior offensive guard for Florida State in 1985. He started all 48 games during his four-year career at Florida State, helping lead the Seminoles to a record of 33-13-2 (.708) and appearances in four straight bowl games. Those bowl appearances were the beginning of Florida State's current 31-year consecutive bowl streak. A first-team Freshman All-America in 1982, Dukes earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1983 and second-team All-America accolades in 1984. Though not selected in the 1986 NFL Draft, Duke enjoyed a 10-year career in the National Football League, spending eight seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and one year each with Green Bay and Arizona. In all, he played in 124 professional games, starting 62. After retirement from football, Dukes has enjoyed a successful broadcasting career and joined the NFL Network in 2006 as an analyst on NFL Total Access ad NFL GameDay Scoreboard. He is also a regular contributor to NFL.com. Born in Schenectady, N.Y., he played his high school football in Orlando, Fla., and currently lives in Atlanta.
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