University of Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honors
By UCFKnights.com // November 24, 2017
among the nation's passing leaders
(UCF) – Adding to his ever-growing list of honors this season, McKenzie Milton was named the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week on Wednesday for his performance at Temple this past Saturday.
Milton completed 16-of-23 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns to lead the undefeated Knights to their seventh game of 40 or more points in a 45-19 American Athletic Conference road win over Temple. He added a rushing touchdown to give him a career-best five overall touchdowns in less than three quarters of action and was named the AAC Offensive Player of the Week. It marked the third Player of the Week honor for Milton this season, the most of any offensive player in the AAC.
The Kapolei, Hawaii, native has 36 career touchdowns in just two seasons landing him eighth on UCF’s career touchdown passing chart. Milton is among the nation’s passing leaders ranking second in completion percentage and passing efficiency, and eighth in total offense.
Milton and 15th-ranked UCF will look to remain undefeated as they conclude the regular season this Friday when the Knights host South Florida at 2:30 p.m. CT on ABC.
The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Thursday, November 30 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
In its first 13 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 11 different schools and from four different conferences.
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) lead the way with four Manning Award wins each, while Texas is the only school with two different winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young).
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-one players from 59 different schools were honored during the 2016 season.
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