Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield picks up another Manning Award weekly honor
Baker Mayfield, a senior from the University of Oklahoma, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the fourth time this season and sixth time overall (tied for the second most all-time). He earns the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.
In his final home game, Mayfield completed 14-of-17 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Sooners to touchdowns on all six drives that he played, in a 59-31 win over West Virginia. He leads the nation in passing efficiency at 203.3 and is second in passing yards with 4,097.
The Austin, Texas, native has thrown a touchdown pass in a Big 12-record 38 consecutive games (every contest of his OU career) and also holds the Big 12-record with 25 consecutive games of at least two TD passes. Mayfield will have another opportunity to build his case to become OU’s sixth Heisman Trophy winner and its first Manning Award winner as the third-ranked Sooners head to the Big 12 Championship for a rematch with No. 11 TCU on Saturday, December 2. Kick-off from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT on FOX.
Mayfield’s top competitors this week were Kenny Pickett of Pitt and Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham. Pickett, making his first career start, completed 18-of-29 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 60 yards and two touchdowns, as the Panthers upset No. 2 Miami, 24-14. Stidham completed 21-of-28 passes for 237 yards, while also rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown, as the Tigers upset the No. 1 Crimson Tide, 26-14.
The 10 finalists for the Manning Award will be announced tomorrow and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
In its first 13 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 (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) lead the way with four Manning Award wins each, while Texas is the only school with two different winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young).
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.
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. Sixty-three players from 60 different schools were honored during the 2017 season.
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