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      Peyton Manning
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Orleans, La.

Position:
Quarterback

Peyton Manning's legend will never die. He finished his illustrious career holding 42 NCAA, SEC and Tennessee records. He won the Maxwell Award as the nation's most outstanding player, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Player of the Year honors his senior season, securing his All-America status in 1997.

The quarterback became the fourth in NCAA history to pass for 11,000 yards and threw for more than 300 yards in 18 games. He finished with 11,201 yards as Tennessee's most prolific offensive player in leading the Vols to the 1997 SEC championship.

HONORS

  • 1997 Consensus First Team All-American
  • 1997 Heisman Runner Up
  • 1997 Maxwell Award
  • 1997 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
  • 1997 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
  • 1997 AP SEC Player of the Year
  • 1997 All-SEC (AP, Coaches, Football News)
  • 1997 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award
  • 1997 Football News SEC Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year
  • 1997 Chevrolet Player of the Year
  • 1997 Best College Player ESPY Award Winner
  • 1997 Florida Citrus Bowl MVP
  • 1997 SEC and AFCA "Good Works Team"
  • 1997 Columbus Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year
  • 1997 Atlanta Touchdown Club Southeast Quarterback of the Year
  • 1996 All-SEC Coaches (2nd) and AP (2nd)
  • 1996 Eighth in the Heisman voting
  • 1996 Third-team All-America (AP, Football News)
  • 1996 Second Team Academic All-America
  • SEC Player of the Week (Oct. 12, 1996, Nov. 2, 1996)
  • All-SEC and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting
  • The Sporting News National Player of the Week (Nov. 16, 1996)
  • 1995 College Sports Magazine Second Team All-America
  • 1995 Associated Press Third Team All-America
  • 1995 All-SEC Coaches (1st) and AP (2nd)
  • 1995 SEC Offensive Player of the Week, The Sporting News Player of the Week, and U.S. Postal Service Player of the Week (Oct. 8, 1995)
  • Chevrolet Player of the Game (Sept. 16, 1995)
  • 1994 SEC Freshman of the Year
  • 1994 SEC All-Freshman team

CAREER GAMES/STARTS - 47/45

1997 - Games/Starts: 13/13... Walter Camp All-America ... Football News All-America and SEC Player of the Year ... Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award candidate ... Johnny Unitas Golden Arm winner ... A winner of 1997 National Football Foundation national Scholar-Athlete Award ... Football News Player of the year ... named to SEC and AFCA "Good Works Team" ... SEC Championship Game MVP with 373-yard, four TD game ... SEC Player of the Week twice following 299-yard performance against Southern Miss, accounting for five scores and a career-high 523-yard day with five TD passes against Kentucky ... Is 39-5 as a starter, owns every Tennessee single-game, season and career passing mark ... Has SEC record 18 300-yard passing days in career ... began season with six straight 300-yard passing days and had nine on season ... Accounted for five touchdowns in a game four times this season ... Career pass efficient rating of 147.11 is second in SEC history and 11th in NCAA record books.

1996 - Games/Starts: 12/12 ... Finished eighth in the 1996 Heisman balloting after finishing sixth in 1995 ... Named second team All-SEC by the Coaches and AP ... Second team Academic All-America and two-time Academic All-SEC ... Academic All-District ... CFA Scholar-Athlete Team member ... Third-team All-America by AP and Football News... Is 28-4 as a starter ... Ranked seventh in the nation in total offense with 286.9 yards per game and was second in the SEC in passing yardage with 3,287 ... Second in the SEC with 20 TD passes ... Was seventh national in pass efficiency... Is Tennessee's all-time passing yardage leader, completions and touchdown passes ... Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 263 yards, fourth best in career, against South Carolina while completing 27 of 36 passes with two TDs... named SEC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14 after completing 31 of 41 passes for 371 yards and two TDs against Georgia ... Completed 11 passes in-a-row at one point tying the school record ... Had a streak of 115 pass attempts without an interception ... Turned in a career best and record setting day against Florida with 492 yards on 37 of 65 passing ... All three marks are school records ... Has eight 300-yard passing days in career, four this season... Holds school career TD pass record with 53 ... Thrown for at least 200 yards in 15 of 17 regular season games ... Holds three of the top seven passing days in school history ... Earned Citrus Bowl MVP honors after passing for 408 yards and four touchdowns on 27 of 39 passing, also ran for a score.

1995 - Games/Starts: 12/12 ... College Sports Magazine Second Team All-America, Associated Press Third Team All-America ... All-SEC Coaches (1st) and AP (2nd) ... SEC Offensive Player of the Week, The Sporting News Player of the Week, and U.S. Postal Service Player of the Week after a 35-of-46, 384 yard, 1 TD effort against Arkansas on Oct. 8 ... Named the Chevrolet Player of the Game after a 23-of-36, 326 yard 2 TD day vs. Florida on Sept. 16 ... Set school records in most passing categories throwing for 2,954 yards, on 244-for-380 passing and a 64.2 completion percentage ... His 22 TD passes were three shy of Heath Shuler's mark of 25 set in 1993 ... Set a UT mark of 132 pass attempts without an interception, established a Vol season record for lowest interception percentage (1.05) with just four in 280 attempts ... Moved to third on the Tennessee all-time passing list following a 265-yard effort in the Vols' win over Vanderbilt passing for 4,095 yards in just 21 career games at UT... Passed for 300 yards four times on the season and threw at least two TDs in seven contests.

1994 - Games/Starts: 10/8 ... The SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC All-Freshman team after going 7-1 as a starter completing 89-of-144 passes (.618) for 1,141 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Finished his rookie campaign with a 12-for-19, 189 yard effort against Virginia Tech in a 45-23 Gator Bowl win ... Took over the starting role from Todd Helton in the fifth game of the season after losing Helton to a knee injury.

PASSING STATISTICS
Class/Year
GP
Att.
Cmp.
Pct.
Yards
Int.
TD
Fr. 1994
10
144
89
61.8
1,141
6
11
So. 1995
12
380
244
64.2
2,954
4
22
Jr. 1996
13
380
243
63.9
3,287
12
20
Sr. 1997
13
477
287
60.2
3,819
11
36
TOTALS
47
1,381
863
62.5
11,201
33
89

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