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Anu Solomon Earns Weekly Manning Award

Sep 5, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. Redshirt freshman Anu Solomon has been selected as this season’s first Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He was recognized for his 425 passing yards and four touchdowns against UNLV on Aug. 29.

Solomon had a record-breaking performance a week ago in the Wildcats’ 58-13 win over UNLV. He completed 25-of-44 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Wildcats to a school-record 787 yards of total offense. His passing yardage total of 425 set a new freshman record, previously held by Keith Smith (418 at California in a four overtime game in 1996), and tied Nick Foles’ mark for ninth-most in UA single game history.

The Las Vegas native continued his solid start with a win on Thursday, this time on the road, in last night’s contest against UTSA. Solomon finished the game 17-of-32 for 231 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

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. 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 Wed., Nov. 27 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the BCS National Championship game on Mon., Jan. 6. The Manning Award will be recognizing its 11th winner this year.

The Wildcats return to action next Saturday when they welcomes Nevada to Arizona Stadium on Sep. 13 at 8 p.m. MST on Pac-12 Networks.

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