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Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Manning Award Watch List

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, published its complete preseason Watch List on Thursday. The list includes 32 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2014 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.

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.

"This is always a great time of year with college football ramping up once again," said Archie Manning. "We have a very strong group of 32 quarterbacks on our Watch List this year and we've seen them all in action, but every year there are new guys who jump right in and become stars. That's what makes college football such a wonderful sport - you never know what might happen once the teams get out on the field."

Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

This year's Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The Pac-12 leads the way with seven selections, followed by the Big Ten with five and the Big 12 with four. There are 18 seniors on the list while the junior class is represented by 10 quarterbacks. Rounding out the 32 are four sophomores, including Florida State's Jameis Winston, who will look to be the first repeat winner of the honor. In addition to Winston, Oregon senior Marcus Mariota and Baylor senior Bryce Petty are returning finalists.

2014-15 Manning Award Preseason Watch List (2013 stats)

 Name, School
 Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INT  QBR  Rushing
 Anthony Boone, Duke
206-322
64.0
2,260
13
13
74.1
214 yds, 5 TDs
 Terrance Broadway, UL-Lafayette
166-266
62.4
2,419
19
12
65.6
442 yds, 8 TDs
 Shane Carden, East Carolina
387-549
70.5
4,139
33
10
73.0
103 yds, 10 TDs
 Rakeem Cato, Marshall
298-499
59.7
3,916
39
9
77.1
294 yds, 6 TDs
 Connor Cook, Michigan State
223-380
58.7
2,755
22
6
68.9
NA
 Cody Fajardo, Nevada
243-358
67.9
2,668
13
3
68.8
621 yds, 8 TDs
 Devin Gardner, Michigan
208-345
60.3
2,960
21
11
65.0
483 yds, 11 TDs
 Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
297-478
62.1
3,696
23
11
44.9
119 yds, 2 TDs
 Connor Halliday, Washington St.
449-714
62.9
4,597
34
22
58.2
NA
 Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
340-486
70.0
4,022
33
8
78.5
348 yds, 5 TDs
 Taysom Hill, BYU
236-438
53.9
2,938
19
14
69.3
1,344 yds, 10 TDs
 Kevin Hogan, Stanford
180-295
61.0
2,630
20
10
80.5
355 yds, 2 TDs
 Brett Hundley, UCLA
248-369
67.2
3,071
24
9
82.3
748 yds, 11 TDs
 Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
237-369
64.2
3,467
25
7
70.6
238 yds, 5 TDs
 Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
136-196
69.4
1,388
18
2
79.8
241 yds, 2 TDs
 Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
302-484
62.4
3,635
28
12
74.9
608 yds, 9 TDs
 Cody Kessler, USC
236-361
65.4
2,968
20
7
66.1
NA
 Trevor Knight, Oklahoma
79-134
59.0
819
9
5
73.1
445 yds, 2 TDs
 Sean Mannion, Oregon State
400-603
66.3
4,662
37
15
74.1
NA
 Marcus Mariota, Oregon
245-386
63.5
3,665
31
4
88.0
715 yds, 9 TDs
 Nick Marshall, Auburn
142-239
59.4
1,976
14
6
81.9
1,068 yds, 12 TDs
 Braxton Miller, Ohio State
162-255
63.5
2,094
24
7
81.3
1,068 yds, 12 TDs
 Bryce Petty, Baylor
250-403
62.0
4,200
32
3
86.6
209 yds, 14 TDs
 Dak Prescott, Mississippi St.
156-267
58.4
1,940
10
7
85.7
829 yds, 13 TDs
 Keenan Reynolds, Navy
68-128
53.1
1,057
8
2
47.7
1,346 yds, 31 TDs
 Jake Rudock, Iowa
204-346
59.0
2,383
18
13
62.2
218 yds, 5 TDs
 Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
194-322
60.2
2,523
21
9
71.3
NA
 P.J. Walker, Temple
152-250
60.8
2,084
20
8
69.7
332 yds, 3 TDs
 Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
283-437
64.8
3,346
18
10
72.1
355 yds, 6 TDs
 Jake Waters, Kansas State
159-260
61.2
2,469
18
9
66.6
312 yds, 6 TDs
 Davis Webb, Texas Tech
226-361
62.6
2,718
20
9
79.7NA
 Jameis Winston, Florida State
257-384
66.9
4,057
40
10
89.4
219 yds, 4 TDs

"We have had the opportunity to recognize 10 outstanding quarterbacks with the Manning Award," said Paul Hoolahan, Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO. "It is truly a great honor for the Allstate Sugar Bowl to sponsor this award and we wish the best of luck to every quarterback and team in the country for another great year of college football."

The Manning Award will be recognizing its 11th 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, at the time, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. Auburn's Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. The 2012 honoree was Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, who was also a top NFL draft pick (No. 2 overall by the Washington Redskins). The 2013 and 2014 winners were also the first freshmen to collect the honor - in 2013, it was Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, and he was followed by last year's winner, Jameis Winston from Florida State. Both freshmen also collected the Heisman Trophy after their sensational debut seasons.

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