MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- EJ Manuel's January couldn't have gone much better on the field. More importantly, he's hoping for a similarly happy February for his family.
The Florida State quarterback passed for a touchdown and rushed for another on the South's first two drives in a 21-16 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, and was named Most Outstanding Player.
Now, he can try to be the MOS -- Most Outstanding Son. His mother, Jackie Manuel, who was diagnosed with breast cancer before the season, has been recovering from her final round of chemotherapy, and Manuel said she's scheduled to have surgery on Feb. 1.
"That's kind of been my motivation," Manuel said. "I call my mom every single day and tell her I love her. I never miss a day.
"They'll be sending that award home to her. I won that award for her. I went out there and played well for her. I'm happy I was able to do it."
And even happier to return to her side in Virginia for a few days, instead of just squeezi...