1997 HIGHLIGHTS
  • Thrown for at least 300 yards in eight of 10 games and has amassed 3000 yards passing for the second consecutive season
  • Set school record with 523 yards passing against Kentucky and tied school and personal record with five TD passes
  • Completed 26-of-38 passes for 310 yards, tying a UT single-game record with five touchdowns in 52-17 win over Texas Tech
  • Threw for 304 yards and three TDs at Alabama, becoming the first UT quarterback to defeat the Crimson Tide three times
  • Amassed a 399 yards and four TDs vs. Southern Miss, earning SEC Player of the Week
  • Football News All-America and SEC Player of the Year

    1997 - Games/Started: 10/10 … Elected co-captain along with Leonard Little for the 1997 season … Named winner of National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award … Selected Phi Beta Kappa … Earned Citation for Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service from the Chancellor in 1997 … Graduated with a 3.61 GPA in speech communication and minor in business, and is now a graduate student in sport management … Named to AFCA Good Works Team … Football News All-America and SEC Player of the Year … As of 11/23/97, carries a career record of 37-5 as a starter … SEC’s third all-time leading passer … Became 12th QB to pass for 10,000 yards in career against Arkansas … Has topped the 300-yard mark an SEC record 17 times … Holds 32 Tennessee single game, season or career offensive records including career passing yards, TD passes and completions … Has top four passing days and top three seasons in school history … Threw for over 300 yards in seven consecutive games, dating back to the 1997 Florida Citrus Bowl to start season … Has thrown at least four TD passes in a game eight times in his career ... Posted 310 yards against Texas Tech, 341 against UCLA, 353 against Florida, 343 against Georgia and 304 against Alabama … Hit on 25 of 35 attempts and netted school records in yards (523) and touchdowns (five) in leading UT to a 59-31 victory over Kentucky ... His 523- yard effort against the Wildcats ranks second all-time in the Southeastern Conference ... Passed for 399 yards and accounted for five TDs (four pass, one rush) against Southern Miss on 35-53 passing ... Versus Georgia, completed 31-of-40 passes (77%) for 343 yards and four touchdowns ... Completed 29-of-51 passes for 353 yards with three TDs and two interceptions against Florida … The sixth- highest passing day in his career … Connected on 28-of-49 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns and one interception versus UCLA … Against Texas Tech, set a career high and tied the school record with five touchdown strikes, while throwing for 310 yards … He also completed 26-of-38 passes with one interception … Received Burger King Scholar Athlete Award at UCLA game.

    1996 - Games/Started: 12/12 - Elected co-captain along with Leonard Little for the 1997 season - Selected Phi Beta Kappa - Earned Citation for Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service from the Chancellor in 1997 - Carries a career record of 28-4 as a starter - A member of the Academic All-SEC team, second team GTE Academic All-America, GTE Academic All-District IV team, CFA Scholar Athlete Team and an America Honda Scholar Athlete with a 3.51 grade point average in speech communication - Finished eighth in the 1996 Heisman balloting with 81 points and sixth in 1995 with 109 points - Second team All-SEC by Coaches, AP and Football News - Third team All-America by AP and Football News - Became UT's first quarterback to throw for more than 3000 yards in a single season (3287), breaking his own school record - Holds 28 Tennessee single game, season or career offensive records including career passing yards (7382) and completions (576) - Owner of UT record for career TD passes with 53, and has three of the top seven passing days in school history - Ranked seventh in the nation in total offense with 286.9 yards per game and in passing efficiency - Had four 300-yard passing games to bring his career total to eight - Turned in a career-best and record-setting game versus Florida with 492 yards on 37 of 65 passing - All three of those marks stand as school records - Tied career high with four touchdown passes against the Gators - Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 362 yards on 27 of 36 passing against South Carolina - Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for October 14 after turning in a 31-for-41, 371-yard, two-TD evening at Georgia - Completed 11 passes in a row at one point, tying the school record - Completed 18 of 22 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 41-3 triumph over Mississippi - Named the Citrus Bowl MVP after passing for 408 yards, the second-best day of his career, on 27-of-39 attempts with four touchdowns - Also ran 10 yards for another score against Northwestern.

    1995 - Games/Started: 12/12 - Selected All-SEC first team by coaches, second team by AP - Finalist for Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award and Football News Offensive Player of the Year - Finished sixth in Heisman Trophy balloting - Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll with a 3.49 GPA in Business Management - Set UT single season passing records for attempts (380), completions (244), completion percentage (64.2) and yards gained (2954) - Turned in career best effort against Arkansas, as he went 35 of 46 for 384 yards and four touchdowns to lead Tennessee to 49-31 victory - Performance earned him SEC Player of the Week and Sporting News National Player of the Week awards - Set school record with 132 straight passes without an interception, string that was snapped in Kentucky game - Also set Vol record for lowest interception percentage, 1.05 percent, with only four misfires in 380 attempts - Engineered the drive that resulted in game-winning field goal in 30-27 win over Georgia - Riddled Alabama defense for 301 yards on 20-of-29 passing - Had three touchdown passes versus Crimson Tide, including 80 yarder to Joey Kent on opening play - Matched his previous personal-best and school-record four TD passes thrown against Arkansas with four more against South Carolina - In Florida Citrus Bowl win over Ohio State, he completed 20 of 35 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown.

    1994 - Games/Started: 11/8 - Played vital role in Tennessee offense following injuries to starter Jerry Colquitt in UCLA opener and replacement Todd Helton in fourth game, against Mississippi State - Led Vols to 7-1 record as a starter and was named Freshman of the Year in the Southeastern Conference - Hitting 12 of 19 passes for 189 yards and breaking loose for 29-yard run, he sparked team to 45-23 conquest of Virginia Tech in Gator Bowl - First touchdown pass of career was 76-yarder to Kendrick Jones against Mississippi State.

    HIGH SCHOOL - Winner of Gatorade Circle of Champions National Player of the Year award - Honored as nation's high school offensive player of the year by Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club, same club that twice honored his father, Archie Manning, as collegiate player of the year while he was at Ole Miss - New Orleans Quarterback Club player of the year - Rated as one of nation's top three quarterbacks by every recruiting service - Twice named Class 2A most valuable player in Louisiana - All-State, All-Metro, All-Parish and All-District - Newman compiled a 34-5 record during Peyton's three years as starter - Completed 168 of 265 passes for 2703 yards as a senior - Also connected for 39 touchdowns - Career numbers were 452 completions of 761 attempts for 7207 yards and 92 touchdowns - Son of Ole Miss All-America (1969 and 1970) and New Orleans Saints All-Pro (1979 and 1980) quarterback, Archie Manning - Second team All-State as baseball shortstop, batting .440 - Full name: Peyton Williams Manning - Born: March 24, 1976 - Major: Speech Communication - Minor: Business.




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