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Sun Belt Places Two on Allstate Sugar Bowl's Manning Award Watch List

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced the first two members of its annual Watch List on Friday. The Watch List will be announced by conference in conjunction with each league's media days. The first two Watch Listers are Ryan Aplin from Arkansas State and Blaine Gautier from UL-Lafayette in the Sun Belt Conference. The overall Watch List will include 25 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2012 season. The winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

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.

Aplin was the Sun Belt's Player of the Year in 2011 after completing 63.9 percent (304-of-476) of his passes for 3,588 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also led the Red Wolves in rushing with 588 yards and 10 touchdowns. Arkansas State won the Sun Belt Championship with a perfect 8-0 league mark while finishing 10-3 overall. The Red Wolves and their senior quarterback open the 2012 season on the road against Oregon on Sept. 1.

The other Sun Belt representative on the Manning Watch List is UL-Lafayette senior signal-caller Blaine Gautier, who led the Ragin' Cajuns to one of their most successful seasons in program history. Gautier connected on 62.8 percent (216-of-344) of his passes for 2,958 yards and 23 touchdowns with just six interceptions. ULL recorded a 9-4 record, including its first bowl appearance in four decades, a thrilling victory over San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl. The Cajuns' nine wins tied a school record and included a perfect 5-0 record at home. Gautier and ULL open the 2012 campaign against Lamar on Sept. 1 in Lafayette.

The preseason Watch List recognizes 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. 26. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

The Manning Award will be recognizing its ninth 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. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. Auburn's Cameron Newton earn the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. This past season's honoree was Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, who was also a top NFL draft pick (No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins).

2012 Manning Award Watch List

 Name, School
 Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INT  Eff.  Rushing
 Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
 304-476  .639  3,588  19  16  133.6  588 yds, 10 TDs
 Matt Barkley, USC
 308-446 .691 3,528 39 7 161.2 --
 Tajh Boyd, Clemson
 298-499  .597  3,828  33  12  141.2  218 yds, 5 TDs
 Tyler Bray, Tennessee
 147-247  .595  1,983  17  6  144.8  --
 Alex Carder, Western Michigan
 330-502 .657 3,873 31 14 145.3 270 yds, 4 TDs
 Derek Carr, Fresno State
 279-446 .626 3,544 26 9 144.5 --
 Seth Doege, Texas Tech
 398-581  .685  4,004  28  10  138.9  --
 James Franklin, Missouri
 238-376  .633  2,865  21  11  139.9  981 yds, 15 TDs
 Blaine Gautier, UL Lafayette
 216-344  .628  2,958  23  6  153.6  486 yds, 3 TDs
 Mike Glennon, N.C. State
 283-453  .625  3,054  31  12  136.4  --
 Landry Jones, Oklahoma
 355-562  .632  4,463  29  15  141.6  --
 Collin Klein, Kansas State
 161-281  .573  1,918  13  6  125.6  1,141 yds, 27 TDs
 Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
 162-288 .563 2,089 13 8 126.5 874 yds, 9 TDs
 AJ McCarron, Alabama
 219-328  .668  2,634  16  5  147.3  --
 Aaron Murray, Georgia
 238-403  .591  3,149  35  14  146.4  --
 Casey Paschall, TCU
 228-343  .665  2,921  25  7  158.0  --
 Keith Price, Washington
 242-362 .669 3,063 33 11 161.9 --
 Bryn Renner, North Carolina
 239-350  .683  3,086  26  13  159.4  --
 Denard Robinson, Michigan
 142-258 .550 2,173 20 15 139.7 1,176 yds, 16 TDs
 Brett Smith, Wyoming
 253-415 .610 2,622 20 11 124.6 710 yds, 10 TDs
 Geno Smith, West Virginia
 346-526  .658  4,385  31  7  152.6  --
 Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
 265-413 .642 3,306 28 10 148.9 658 yds, 10 TDs
 Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
 234-391  .598  3,013  19  10  135.5  469 yds, 11 TDs
 James Vandenberg, Iowa
 237-404 .587 3,022 25 7 138.4 --
 Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
 277-438  .632  3,638  24  6  148.4  --

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