Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers earns two weekly awards after Texas A&M performance

Andy Kostka
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Will Rogers earned plenty of recognition following the Mississippi State gunslinger’s standout performance against then-No. 13 Texas A&M.

The SEC announced Rogers as a co-offensive player of the week, and the sophomore was one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week on Monday.

Rogers threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns at Kyle Field to lead the Bulldogs past the Aggies, 26-22. It was the second time this season Rogers has thrown for over 400 yards, and he’s tossed three touchdowns in four of the five games he’s played this year. Rogers completed 46 of his 59 passes.

Rogers also earned a 90.1 offensive grade, according to Pro Football Focus — the highest of his career.

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While his average depth of target was still 5.5 yards — bringing his average to 5.3 yards, the second lowest in FBS — Rogers picks his spots down field well, connecting on 55% of throws in the air for longer than 20 yards. Those 11 completions have yielded six touchdowns.

Rogers shared the SEC honor with Auburn quarterback Bo Nix and Alabama running back Brian Robinson. Nix threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the Tigers' win against LSU, and Robinson rushed for a career-high 171 yards and four touchdowns in a rout of Ole Miss.

The Manning Award names a set of quarterbacks each week as stars, and fans can vote on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page for the quarterback who produced the top performance. Voting closes Thursday at 11 a.m. CT.

Along with Rogers, seven other quarterbacks were named Manning Award Stars of the Week.

Rogers is joined by Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker (225 yards, three touchdowns), Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez (202 yards, one touchdown), Temple’s D’Wan Mathis (322 yards, three touchdowns), Stanford’s Tanner McKee (230 yards, three touchdowns), Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett (389 yards, four touchdowns), Cincinnati's Desmond Ridder (297 yards, two touchdowns) and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (330 yards, five touchdowns).

Mississippi State enters an open week before playing No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 16 at Davis Wade Stadium.