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Baylor's Griffin Returns From Injury to the Manning Watch List

Monday, August 9, 2010

The only player to be selected to this year's Manning Award Watch list after a not-so-stellar 2009 season is Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, III (official bio). The not-so-stellar description had nothing to do with Griffin's ability - it was due to an early-season knee injury which forced him to miss the final nine games of 2009. However, his sensational freshman campaign in 2008 still warrants his inclusion on the preseason list of top quarterbacks. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is releasing the Watch List one player per day through its official Facebook and Twitter pages. The award has honored the top quarterback in the nation for the past six years.

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After throwing for 481 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, Griffin suffered a knee injury in the third game of the year which kept him out of the remainder of the season (he qualified for a medical redshirt). In addition to his passing numbers, Griffin ran for 77 yards with a pair of scores. After participating in all non-contact portions of spring drills, he is expected to be at full-strength for the season-opener against Sam Houston State in Waco on Sept. 4. Griffin was also on the Manning Award Watch List last year after a very impressive true freshman campaign when he accounted for a school-record 28 touchdowns (15 passing and 13 rushing). He finished the 2008 campaign with 2,091 passing yards, completing 59.9 percent of his passes while throwing only three interceptions. The Bears are hoping that the surgically repaired Griffin will be back to the form of the start of last season, which would be a major factor in helping his team end a 15-year bowl drought.

May 25 AOL Fanhouse story about Griffin as a Heisman contender

July 26 Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Baylor shooting for a bowl


  Manning Award Watch List (Final)
 Name Class Cmp-Att Pct. Yards TDs INTs Wins
 Matt Barkley, USC
So. 211-352 .599 2,735 15 14 9
 Diondre Borel, Utah St.
Sr. 214-366 .585 2,885 17 4 4
 Ryan Colburn , Fresno St.
Sr. 181-298 .607 2,459 19 11 8
 Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Jr. 93-124 .750 1,434 10 2 4
 Kirk Cousins, Michigan St.
Jr. 198-328 .604 2,680 19 9 5
 Andy Dalton, TCU
Sr. 199-323 .616 2,756 23 8 12
 Dwight Dasher, Middle Tenn.
Sr. 219-399 .549 2,789 23 14 10
 Ricky Dobbs, Navy
Sr. 56-105 .533 1,031 6 3 9
 Nathan Enderle, Idaho
Sr. 192-312 .615 2,906 22 9 8
 Nick Foles, Arizona
Jr. 260-409 .636 2,486 19 9 6
 Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Jr. 262-445 .589 3,593 24 9 8
 Robert Griffin, III, Baylor
So. 45-69 .652 481 4 0 2
 Jacory Harris, Miami
Jr. 242-406 .596 3,352 24 17 9
 Jordan Jefferson, LSU
Jr. 182-296 .615 2,166 17 7 8
 Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M
Sr. 296-497 .596 3,579 30 8 6
 Landry Jones, Oklahoma
So. 261-449 .581 3,198 26 14 7
 Colin Kaepernick , Nevada
Sr. 166-282 .589 2,052 20 6 8
 Case Keenum, Houston
Sr. 492-700 .703 5,671 44 15 10
 G.J. Kinne, Tulsa
Jr. 210-345 .609 2,732 22 10 5
 Jake Locker , Washington
Sr. 230-395 .582 2,800 21 11 5
 Andrew Luck, Stanford
So. 162-288 .563 2,575 13 4 8
 Ryan Mallett , Arkansas
Jr. 225-403 .558 3,627 30 7 8
 Greg McElroy, Alabama
Sr. 198-325 .609 2,508 17 4 14
 Kellen Moore, Boise St.
Jr. 277-431 .643 3,536 39 3 14
 Joshua Nesbitt, Ga. Tech
Sr. 75-162 .463 1,701 10 5 11
 Kyle Padron, SMU
So. 135-201 .672 1,922 10 4 5
 Christian Ponder, Florida St.
Sr. 227-330 .688 2,717 14 7 4
 Terrelle Pryor, Ohio St.
Jr. 167-295 .566 2,094 18 11 11
 Kevin Riley, CaliforniaSr. 209-382 .547 2,850 18 8 8
 Ricky Stanzi , Iowa
Sr. 171-304 .563 2,417 17 15 11
 Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
Sr. 136-243 .560 2,311 13 5 10
 Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
Sr. 211-328 .643 2,705 16 11 10
 Russell Wilson, N.C. State
Jr. 224-378 .593 3,027 31 11 5

2010-11 Manning Award Watch List Photo Gallery

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. Ten finalists will be selected in late-November and the winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

The preseason Watch List recognizes some of the top quarterbacks in the nation based on previous collegiate performance, however, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Monday, Nov. 29. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The Manning Award will be recognizing its seventh winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor - he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Last year's winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history. McCoy was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the 2010 NFL Draft.

-AllstateSugarBowl.org-