JONESBORO, Ark. (10/31/16) – Arkansas State sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen was named Monday as one of eight Manning Award “Stars of the Week” after helping lead the Red Wolves to a 51-10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT), the player who received the most votes will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.
Hansen, also tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week today, was responsible for five touchdowns, including a career-high four passing, and threw for 303 yards against the Warhawks. Hansen matched his career high for completions with 21 and didn’t throw an interception in 36 attempts while connecting on seven passes that went for at least 20 yards.
His four touchdown passes tied the fourth most in school history and the second most by a Sun Belt player this year, while also marking the third time over A-State’s last four games he has thrown for multiple scores. Hansen’s 303 passing yards were the second most of his career, and he added 20 yards rushing to finish with 323 yards total offense. He also scored his first career rushing touchdown, and the five touchdowns he was responsible for tied the most by a Sun Belt player this season.
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.
Arkansas State is off to a 3-0 Sun Belt Conference start and is set to continue league play Thursday night against Georgia State at the Georgia Dome in an ESPNU-televised contest set to kick at 6:30 p.m. CT. Every A-State game can be heard live on 107.9 FM in the Northeast Arkansas area. The live radio broadcast can also be accessed on the official A-State Athletics web site (AStateRedWolves.com) and the A-State Athletics app.