Manning Award Finalists, 2005December 8, 2005
The Sugar Bowl Committee has announced five finalists for the 2005 Manning Award. The finalists are: USC's Matt Leinart, UCLA's Drew Olson, Notre Dame's Brady Quinn, Georgia's D.J. Shockley and Vince Young from Texas. The Manning Award was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning and will be presented to the recipient following the holiday bowl season. It is the only quarterback award which takes into consideration the candidates bowl performances.
"Each of these student- athletes also provide today's aspiring youth with a roadmap for their own success," said Sugar Bowl Executive Director Paul Hoolahan. "The Sugar Bowl is most grateful to the Manning family for helping pay tribute to these young men."
"We are proud of the accomplishments all of these outstanding quarterbacks," said Archie Manning. "We are especially proud of how they each led their respective teams to success and an outstanding season."
The winner will be determined by a select panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.