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Manning Award Tabs Two Mountain West Passers for Annual Watch List

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has included a pair of Mountain West Conference quarterbacks on its annual Watch List, it announced on Monday. The Watch List is being announced by conference in conjunction with each league's media days. The MWC representatives are Derek Carr (Fresno State) and Brett Smith (Wyoming).

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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.

Carr had a tremendous junior season in 2011, throwing for 3,544 yards (tops in the WAC) and 26 touchdowns while completing 62.6 percent of his passes. The 2012 campaign is expected to be even better as he has a full season of experience and a new head coach who is converting to the spread offense. His top games were a 391-yard performance against New Mexico State and a 371-yard effort against Idaho. Fresno State opens its first season as a member of the Mountain West on Sept. 1 when it hosts Weber State from the FCS ranks.

Smith is the lone sophomore to crack this year's Manning Award Watch List. As a true freshman in 2011, Smith completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,622 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also led the Cowboys with 710 rushing yards and 10 scores on the ground as the team won eight games and made just its third bowl appearance in 18 years. Wyoming jumps right into the 2012 season with a road game at Texas.

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 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 earned 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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