Nov. 14, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB quarterback Jonathan Perry has been named one of eight Manning Award "Stars of the Week" for his career-best effort in leading the UAB football team to a come-from-behind win at Memphis over the weekend.
Fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook Page and vote for which of the eight performances was the best. Voting closes at 9 a.m. CT on Thursday, and the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.
Perry set career-highs with 410 passing yards and four touchdowns Saturday in UAB's 41-35 road victory at Memphis as the Blazers won the "Battle for the Bones" for the third straight year.
The sophomore signal-caller from Baltimore, Md., completed 29 of 48 passes and orchestrated the largest fourth-quarter comeback in UAB history with the Blazers overcoming a 35-17 deficit to start the final period.
Perry's previous career-high for passing yards was 327, and he matched that in the second half alone against the Tigers. He finished the game with 457 yards of total offense, the third-highest total in school annals.
The other "Stars of the Week" are: Western Michigan's Alex Carder, Baylor's Robert Griffin III, Washington State's Connor Halliday, Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish, Kansas State's Collin Klein, Georgia's Aaron Murray and TCU's Casey Pachall.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.
Perry leads the Blazers into another rivalry game this week when UAB welcomes Southern Miss to Legion Field for a Thursday night contest. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT with the game to be televised by CBS Sports Network.