When you go 27/41 for 333 yards and five touchdowns with zero interceptions against a Power 5 rival on the road, people are going to start to notice your play. That's exactly what happened today. Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley was named co-offensive player of the week by the Big Ten Conference. The Tweet:
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) September 11, 2017
Stanley shares the award with Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for an absurd 223 yards and three touchdowns against Florida Atlantic.
Stanley's basic stat line is impressive in itself. Also considering that he was only sacked once (for one yard), didn't turn the ball over (in any manner), led the game tying drive (YES I KNOW AKRUM WADLEY BUT STILL) and threw the game winning touchdown, it's even more impressive. This was Stanley's first road start and he's only a true sophomore. If he can hit those deep throws, he'll be even more nightmarish for Big Ten defenses. Stanley has completed 62.5% of his passes over his first two games, thrown eight touchdowns to one interception and has only been sacked three times.
Stanley was also named a Manning Award "Star of the Week". The Manning Award is presented by the Sugar Bowl Committee and handed out to the best collegiate quarterback. As you can guess, it's named after the Manning quarterback dynasty. If you'd like, you can vote on Stanley to be named as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week by clicking here. Be warned: Baker Mayfield went super saiyan against Ohio State so...
BUT WAIT. There's more!
The Davey O'Brien Award, also given to the best quarterback in collegiate football, named Stanley as one of their "Great 8" players of the week:
— Davey O'Brien (@daveyobrien) September 11, 2017
Pretty crazy to see Stanley up there with names like Jackson and Mayfield. He's definitely earned it.
Stanley wasn't named to the Manning Award or Davey O'Brien preseason watch list but if he continues to play like this, he should find his name on the midseason watch lists among names like Allen, Barrett, and Darnold (all of whom he has better stats than).