Manning Planning - Sept. 1
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Here's your weekly schedule to follow all of the members of the Manning Award Watch List. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, published its complete preseason Watch List on Aug. 16. The list includes 33 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2010 season, however, all quarterbacks remain eligible for the award and mid-season additions to the list are possible.
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.
Thursday, Sept. 2 (All times are Central)
Matt Barkley: USC at Hawaii, 10 p.m., ESPN; Barkley leads the No. 14-ranked USC football team to Honolulu as Lane Kiffin makes his Trojan head coaching debut.
Dwight Dasher: Middle Tennessee vs. Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.; Dasher will not play due to suspension.
Nathan Enderle: Idaho vs. North Dakota, 8 p.m.; Enderle returns as one of the nation's top two pass efficiency leaders, fifth best in 2009 at 157.28.
Colin Kaepernick: Nevada vs. Eastern Washington, 6:05 p.m.; Kaepernick returns from back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons on the ground, but also throws the ball - he has more than 7,000 passing yards in his career.
Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State vs. Marshall, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network; Pryor looks to carry over the momentum from his Rose Bowl MVP performance when he led Ohio State to a 26-17 win over Oregon.
Jacory Harris: Miami vs. Florida A&M, 6:30 p.m.; Harris is back for his second season as the ‘Canes full-time starting quarterback.
Friday, Sept. 3
Nick Foles: Arizona at Toledo, 7 p.m., ESPN; Through just 10 games last season, Foles was able to crack the top ten in school annals in several categories.
Saturday, Sept. 4
Diondre Borel: Utah State at Oklahoma, 6 p.m.; Borel enters his senior season with three school records already in his pocket.
Ryan Colburn: Fresno State vs. Cincinnati, 9 p.m., ESPN2; Colburn looks to continue his success from last year as he improved from 61st to ninth in NCAA Passing efficiency over a seven-game stretch.
Zach Collaros: Cincinnati at Fresno State, 9 p.m., ESPN2; Collaros was 4-0 as a starter, filling in for injured Manning Finalist Tony Pike, while setting UC single-season marks for completion percentage and passing efficiency.
Kirk Cousins: Michigan State vs. Western Michigan, 11 a.m., ESPN2; In last year's 49-14 win over Western Michigan, Cousins completed 88 percent (22-of-25) of his passes for a career-high 353 yards.
Andy Dalton: TCU vs. Oregon State (at Arlington, TX), 6:45 p.m., ESPN; Dalton is the nation's leader in wins by an active quarterback.
Blaine Gabbert: Missouri vs. Illinois (at St. Louis, MO), 11:30 a.m., FSN; Gabbert threw for 319 yards and three TDs while rushing for another score against the Illini in 2009.
Robert Griffin, III: Baylor vs. Sam Houston State, 6 p.m.; Griffin returns from missing the last nine games of last season due to a knee injury.
Jordan Jefferson: LSU vs. North Carolina (at Atlanta, Ga.), 7 p.m., ABC; Jefferson returns to lead the Tigers after passing for 2,166 yards and 17 TDs in his first full season as a starter in 2009.
Jerrod Johnson: Texas A&M vs. Stephen F. Austin, 6 p.m.; Johnson has the most consecutive starts of any player on the team with 23 straight starts.
Landry Jones: Oklahoma vs. Utah State, 6 p.m.; Jones led the nation's freshmen quarterbacks in passing yards (3,198) and touchdown passes (26) last season.
Case Keenum: Houston vs. Texas State, 7 p.m.; Keenum is only the second quarterback in NCAA history to pass for over 5,000 yards in two different seasons (2008, 2009).
G.J. Kinne: Tulsa at East Carolina, 1 p.m., ESPN2; Kinne became the first Tulsa quarterback in school history to pass for over 300 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in a single game.
Jake Locker: Washington at BYU, 6 p.m., CBS College Sports; Locker holds the UW record for rushing yards by a QB with 1,554.
Andrew Luck: Stanford vs. Sacramento State, 2:30 p.m.; Luck led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency with a 143.5 season mark in 2009.
Ryan Mallett: Arkansas vs. Tennessee Tech, 6 p.m.; Mallett set or matched 16 school records during his sophomore season.
Greg McElroy: Alabama vs. San Jose State, 6 p.m.; McElroy has won his last 30 starts at quarterback, going 16-0 as a high school senior in 2005 and 14-0 for the Tide in 2009.
Joshua Nesbitt: Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina State, Noon; Nesbitt needs 692 rushing yards to tie and 693 yards to break the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career rushing yards by a quarterback.
Christian Ponder: Florida State vs. Samford, 11 a.m., ESPNU; Ponder returns after missing the last four games of 2009 with a shoulder injury.
Kevin Riley: California vs. UC Davis, Noon; Riley completed 209-of-382 passes in 2009 for a career-high 2,850 yards, which ranks as the fourth-best single season in school history.
Ricky Stanzi: Iowa vs. Eastern Illinois, 11 a.m.; Stanzi has led Iowa to an 18-4 record as a starter, including a 10-2 record in Kinnick Stadium and a 10-4 record in Big Ten games.
Scott Tolzien: Wisconsin at UNLV, 10 p.m.; In his first season as the starter, Tolzien led the Big Ten in pass efficiency at 143.0, the third-best mark in school history.
Russell Wilson: N.C. State vs. Western Carolina, 5 p.m.; Wilson is NC State's top returning rusher from last season and has rushed for 648 yards in his two-year football career.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Kyle Padron: SMU at Texas Tech, 1:30 p.m., ESPN; Padron took over at midseason as a freshman last year and went 5-1 as a starter.
Monday, Sept. 6
Ricky Dobbs: Navy vs. Maryland (at Baltimore, Md.), 3 p.m., ESPN; Dobbs set the NCAA record for rushing TDs by a quarterback with 27 last season.
Kellen Moore: Boise State vs. Virginia Tech (at Fed Ex Field, Landover, Md.), 6 p.m., ESPN; Moore finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy race, the highest finish ever for a Bronco player.
Tyrod Taylor: Virginia Tech vs. Boise State (at Fed Ex Field, Landover, Md.), 6 p.m., ESPN; Taylor leads the Hokies into their first-ever meeting with the Broncos and needs just four wins to become the school's all-time leader.
Manning Planning Spotlight
Virginia Tech and Boise State can't be accused of opening their seasons with cupcakes. The Hokies, ranked No. 10 in the preseason AP poll, battle the third-ranked Broncos on Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 6 - at 6 p.m. (Central) at FedEx Field, the home of the Washington Redskins. The neutral site may be tilted a bit towards Virginia Tech, which is 283 miles from Blacksburg, while Boise is 2,390 miles from Landover, Md. Nearly 60,000 Hokie fans are expected in the 90,000-seat stadium.
The game could also be key as far as Manning Award recognition as Boise State's Kellen Moore proved himself to be one of the top quarterbacks in the nation by throwing for 39 touchdowns with just three interceptions as the Broncos posted a perfect 14-0 record. Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor, meanwhile, enters his third year as the Hokie starter. He threw for 2,300 yards with 13 TDs last year, but has also run for 18 scores in his career.
Monday's game will be televised live by ESPN.