Troy University’s Kaleb Barker named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week
NEW ORLEANS – Kaleb Barker, a senior from Troy University, has been selected as the week-twelve 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. Barker is the first Sun Belt Conference quarterback to earn Manning Award Quarterback of the Week recognition since 2016 (Dallas Davis, South Alabama).
Barker completed 30-of-43 passes for 363 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. Marking his fourth straight 300-yard game, his six touchdown passes tied a program-record as the Trojans rolled to a 63-27 Sun Belt win over Texas State on the road.
The Decatur, Ala., native was also named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Barker hit five different targets for scores on the day and his 30 touchdown passes on the season is already the third most in Troy and Sun Belt Conference history.
The Barker-led offense has scored 112 points the last two games, which is the second most in the country behind Ohio State and the third most over a two-game period in school history. Troy travels to Louisiana Saturday for its final road game of the season. The Trojans sit 5-5 on the season and are one victory away from its fourth straight season of bowl eligibility.
Barker won this week’s competition over Washington State’s Anthony Gordon and Brady White of Memphis. Gordon completed 44-of-60 passing for 520 yards and five touchdowns, setting the school record with his 39th touchdown pass of the season, as he led the Cougars to 24 unanswered points to pull away for a 49-22 Pac-12 win over Stanford. White completed 22-of-33 passes for 341 yards and five touchdowns, recording a career-high six touchdowns (he also rushed for one) as he helped the Tigers erase a 10-point second-quarter deficit in their fourth straight AAC win, 45-27, over Houston.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks have been added to the mid-season Watch List released last week. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Thursday, November 28 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
In its first 15 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) leads the way with five Manning Award honorees, while 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) have four Manning Award winners each. Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) joins 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.
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 players from 59 different schools were honored during the 2018 season.
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