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Auburn's Nick Marshall Earns Manning Award Player of the Week Honor
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Nick Marshall, a junior from Auburn University, has been selected as Manning Award Player of the Week. He earns the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Marshall has an interesting distinction in winning the award this week as he had the least passing yards of any quarterback named a Manning Award Star of the Week this year. However, despite completing only 3-of-7 passes for 35 yards and one touchdown, the fleet-footed junior rushed for a career-high 214 yards and two more touchdowns to lead a surging Auburn squad to a 55-23 road victory over Tennessee. The Tigers, who won just three games last year, none in SEC competition, have now won six straight to improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in league play. Auburn has climbed to No. 7 in the BCS Standings.
A Georgia native, Marshall has an interesting week ahead. He and his Auburn teammates will welcome 25th-ranked Georgia to town on Saturday (2:30 p.m. Central, CBS) for another critical SEC showdown. The unique twist is that Marshall began his collegiate career as a member of the Bulldogs. A standout cornerback as a freshman in Athens, Marshall left the team following the season and attended Garden City (Kan.) Community College in 2012, making the move to quarterback. In his first year as the Auburn quarterback, he has passed for over 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns while also running for over 700 yards and seven more scores.
While Auburn fans were very strong in their support of Marshall during the three-day Facebook contest, Keith Wenning (Ball State) and Maty Mauk (Missouri) also had outstanding support. Wenning completed 20-of-29 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-24 win over Central Michigan to help the Cardinals to their ninth win of the season, while Mauk tied a school record with five touchdown passes in a 48-17 SEC road victory over Kentucky.
Final Facebook Voting
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.
Manning Award Website
Ten finalists for the Manning Award will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 26 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.