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Jayden Daniels Selected as Manning Award Star of the Week

Dec 14, 2020

Vote For Manning Award Quarterback of the Week

NEW ORLEANS - Sun Devil sophomore quarterback Jayden Daniels was named a "Star of the Week" by The Manning Award committee on Monday morning.

Daniels is one of eight quarterbacks to receive the recognition this week, with the fans determining who wins the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. You can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the overall winner. Fans can vote here.
In the 2020 edition of the Territorial Cup, Daniels was nearly flawless, operating the offense at an elite level in the blowout win. The El Cajon, Calif. native finished 9-of-11 for 203 yards with two touchdowns and a gaudy 296.8 QB efficiency rating. He also added a 20-yard touchdown scamper. Daniels accuracy and fantastic decision making were on full display, as he lofted a perfect pass to Ricky Pearsall for a 31-yard touchdown and hit Curtis Hodges perfectly in stride for a 74-yard touchdown. It was his second consecutive and fifth career game rushing and throwing for a touchdown.

Arizona State enjoyed a record-breaking performance thanks in large part to the play of Daniels. The Sun Devil offense scored 70 points in the victory over Arizona, the second-most points in program history (trailing only the 79 points scored against Colorado State in 1969).

The 70 points are the most scored by ASU in Territorial Cup history (previous RECORD was 61 in 1951) and the most scored by either team in series history. It also represents the most points scored by the Sun Devils in a Pac-10/12 Conference game and the most points allowed by Arizona in a Pac-10/12 Conference game. The 63 point difference is the largest margin of victory for the Sun Devils in the series. Daniels moved to 2-0 in his career against Arizona and the Sun Devils have won four-straight overall in the series.

The Maroon & Gold signal caller reached 4,000 total yards of offense (3505 passing, 495 rushing in just his 15th career game. Daniels now has eight performances in his career scoring multiple touchdowns. 
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. The Sugar Bowl has had the opportunity to recognize 73 different quarterbacks from 66 schools as Manning Award Stars of the Week in 2020. Since 2011, 424 quarterbacks from 129 schools have been honored.

Jayden Daniels made the Manning Award Preseason Watch List following a spectacular Freshman All-American season. He earns the Star of the Week Award for the second time in his career, previously being recognized following Arizona State's upset of No. 6 Oregon last season.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, inclusion on the Watch List is not necessary for the quarterbacks to be selected for the honor. Finalists are scheduled to be announced in mid-December and the winner will be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.

In its first 16 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) and the Southeastern Conference (Joe Burrow, Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) lead the way with five Manning Award honorees each, while and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) has had four Manning Award winners. LSU (Burrow and Russell) joins Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) and 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.