NEW ORLEANS – Mississippi State junior Dak Prescott is one of 32 quarterbacks nationally up for the prestigious Manning Award, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Thursday.
Prescott attended the Manning Passing Academy earlier this summer. He leads a Bulldog team that enters the 2014 season on a three-game winning streak and with high expectations. Prescott has accounted for already 33 touchdowns in his brief career while throwing for 2,134 yards.
He started seven games as a sophomore and played through injury, leading MSU to a dramatic overtime Egg Bowl victory over Ole Miss. Prescott was named most valuable player of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in December after tossing for three touchdowns and rushing for two more.
Prescott is also a candidate for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award this season.
The Manning Award winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of 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.