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Geno Smith a Manning Award Finalist

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Geno Smith is among the top quarterbacks in the nation to be named finalists for the Manning Award, it was announced Wednesday.

The West Virginia quarterback is one of 10 signal callers on the list, which is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the results of each player's bowl game.

Smith and Kansas State's Collin Klein are the two representatives from the Big 12, joining USC's Matt Barkley, Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Alabama's A.J. McCarron, Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Georgia's Aaron Murray.

Smith's yards per game average of 340.64 is greater than all but two of the finalists and his completions per game rank at the top of the list. The WVU quarterback also has the most touchdown passes and the fewest interceptions of the other players up for the award.

Of the 10 listed, Smith is one of three seniors to go along with four juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen. The SEC has three representatives, while the Pac 12 and Big 12 show two and the ACC, MAC and Big Ten have one apiece.

Baylor's Robert Griffin, III won the award last season. The ninth winner of the Manning Award will be announced on Wed., Jan. 9.

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