UCF’s Dillon Gabriel earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week
Dillon Gabriel, a freshman from the University of Central Florida, has been selected as the Week 3 Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the win in a tight race over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.
Gabriel, making his second career start, led the Knights to scores on six of their first seven possessions as they dominated Stanford in a 45-27 victory. He went 22-of-30 for 347 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Mililani, Hawaii, native has connected with nine different UCF receivers for touchdowns through three games in 2019. Gabriel has been extremely efficient, ranking fourth in the nation with a 206.6 passing efficiency rating, while also ranking seventh with nine touchdown passes.
The Knights look to extend their regular season winning streak to 26 as they head to take on Pittsburgh this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on ABC and ESPN2.
Gabriel’s top competitors this week were Malcom Perry of Navy and Washington State’s Anthony Gordon. Perry completed 5-of-7 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 156 yards, his seventh 100-yard rushing effort in his last 10 games, and four touchdowns as the Midshipmen cruised to a 42-10 win over East Carolina. Gordon, who registered his third straight 400-yard game to open the season, tossed a pair of 39-yard touchdowns, including one for the go-ahead score in the third quarter as the Cougars topped Houston, 31-24, on the road.
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 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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