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Will Grier eyes a receiver down field against TCU. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Will Grier eyes a receiver down field against TCU. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

NEW ORLEANS – The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced 11 additions to its 2017 Watch List on Wednesday. The winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

Manning Award

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

After announcing 30 quarterbacks to watch during the preseason, the Manning Award opted to increase its focus players based on the many outstanding performances during the first half of the year. While these players have been added to the Watch List, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible to win the honor.

2017 Manning Award Watch List Midseason Additions


                                                                Class        Com-Att (Pct.)   Yards       TDs       INT       QBR       Rush

Kelly Bryant, Clemson                              Jr.         107-159 (.673)   1,259           4            4            77.3        401 yds, 7 TDs

Will Grier, West Virginia                         Jr.         119-189 (.630)   1,740          16          4            82.6        140 yds, 2 TDs

Ben Hicks, SMU                                       So.        130-222 (.586)   1,672          15          5            71.0       

Kenny Hill, TCU                                        Sr.         100-145 (.690)   1,153         10          3            77.1        89 yds, 1 TD

Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech                     Fr.         126-192 (.656)   1,700          13          4            71.0        154 yds, 1 TD

McKenzie Milton, UCF                             So.        69-101 (.683)     791             13          2            83.5        192 yds

Josh Rosen, UCLA                                   Jr.         159-245 (.649)   2,135          17          5            72.4       

Malik Rosier, Miami                                  Jr.         78-134 (.582)     1,074           11          3            75.2        126 yds, 2 TDs

Nathan Rourke, Ohio                               So.        82-135 (.607)     973               7           1            73.4        292 yds, 9 TDs

Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech                       Sr.         140-195 (.718)   1,811          14           3            80.2       

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn                          So.        99-139 (.712)     1,345            7            2            73.9       

The additions to the Watch List come from six different conferences with the ACC and Big 12 leading the way with three quarterbacks. The American Athletic Conference added two players, while the MAC, the SEC and the Pac-12 each had one recognized. The newcomers include four juniors, four sophomores, two seniors and one freshmen.

Ten finalists will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. That list will be released on Thursday, November 30 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.

 

In its first 13 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 11 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) lead the way with four Manning Award wins each, while Texas is the only school with two different winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young).

Statistically, the Manning Award has seen a wide-range of quarterbacks. Ten of the Manning Award men threw for over 3,000 yards in their winning campaign, including 4,000-yard seasons from Robert Griffin III, Marcus Mariota, Ryan, Watson (twice) and Winston. On the other hand, Watson (in 2015), Young, Manziel and Newton were all 1,000-yard rushers during their Manning years.

Perhaps most impressive among the statistics of the quarterbacks recognized by the Manning Award is touchdowns scored. Eight of the winners accounted for over 40 touchdowns during their successful seasons - Mariota tallied a Manning Award-best 58 touchdowns during his winning campaign in 2014.

One of the more unique aspects of the Manning Award is the fact that it takes account of the quarterbacks' bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Twelve of the 13 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor; the lone loss was by McCoy in the 2010 BCS Championship game when he suffered an early injury. In addition to Watson and McCoy, six other Manning honorees (Matt Leinart, Mariota, Newton, Tebow, Winston and Young) led their teams to the national championship game (BCS or CFP). Watson accomplished that feat twice, winning the title this season.

Previous Manning Award winners have also factored prominently in the NFL Draft as they all heard their names called on Draft Day. Three honorees were selected No. 1 overall (Newton, Russell and Winston), while four others went No. 2 or No. 3 (Griffin, Mariota, Ryan and Young).

All the Manning Award winners follow in the footsteps of the Mannings themselves. In college, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning combined for over 25,000 passing yards and 201 touchdowns while playing in 10 bowl games and earning four bowl MVP awards. Archie was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, while both Peyton and Eli were selected No. 1 overall. 

In addition to the Manning Award's yearly honor, each week during the regular season, eight quarterbacks are recognized as Manning Quarterbacks of the Week. Sixty-one players from 59 different schools were honored during the 2016 season. 

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