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Jordan Jefferson From LSU Joins Manning Award Watch List

Sunday, July 25, 2010

LSU's Jordan Jefferson (official bio) is the latest player selected to the Manning Award Watch List. Jefferson took over as the starter for Louisiana State as a sophomore and led the Tigers to the Capital One Bowl - as a freshman he had turned in an MVP bowl performance, leading LSU to a victory in the Chick fil-A Bowl. 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 a solid finish to his freshman campaign, Jefferson earned the nod as the Louisiana State starter for 2009 and threw for over 2,000 yards with 17 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while registering eight wins. He was the second youngest quarterback to start a season opener for LSU, leading the Tigers to a road win over Washington. Jefferson's 17 touchdowns tied for eighth in the LSU single-season annals, while his 182 completions ranked ninth in school history. He delivered two fourth-quarter/overtime comebacks on the season, and nearly led LSU to a come-from-behind victory in the Capital One Bowl against Penn State, tossing for 202 yards on 13-of-24 passes with one score. His top passing yardage day came against Ole Miss, when he tallied 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has been praised by coaches and teammates for becoming a more vocal leader in the spring. The Tigers will open the season playing in the Chick fil-A Kickoff game against North Carolina on Sept. 4 in Atlanta.

Interesting stat fact from ESPN: Jefferson finished second in the nation in red-zone passing efficiency in 2009.

Sept. 2 Times-Picayune feature on Jefferson becoming a leader

Here's a July 24 Times-Picayune story about Jefferson from SEC Media Days


Here's a spring story about Jefferson's leadership progress from The Times Picayune

  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.

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