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Big Ten Quarterbacks Complete Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Manning Award Watch List

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Three Big Ten quarterbacks have been selected to the annual Watch List for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which recognizes the nation's top collegiate quarterback each year. The Watch List was announced by conference in conjunction with each league's media days with the Big Ten being the final batch of signal-callers named to the list due to its media days kicking off on Thursday. Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), Denard Robinson (Michigan) and James Vandenberg (Iowa) are the final additions to the 2012 list. 

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The overall Watch List includes 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.

Martinez is a top dual-threat quarterback who passed for 2,089 yard and 13 touchdowns while rushing for another 874 yards and nine scores. He closed the year strong with just one interception in his last 132 attempts. After setting the school marks for total offense as a freshman and a sophomore, the junior already ranks third all-time in that category for the Cornhuskers with 5,559 total yards. Nebraska opens the 2012 season on Sept. 1, hosting Southern Miss.

Another tremendous dual-threat quarterback who makes the Watch List for the third time is Michigan star Denard Robinson. As a junior, he threw for 2,173 yards and 20 touchdowns to go with 1,176 rushing yards and 16 scores on the ground to lead the Wolverines to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. He now has six of the Big Ten's top 10 all-time rushing games by a quarterback. Robinson and the Wolverines will have a very challenging start to the 2012 season as they travel to Texas to battle defending national champions Alabama at Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 1.

The final Watch List addition is Iowa senior James Vandenberg, who had more yards (3,022), touchdowns (25) and completions (237) last year than any other returning Big Ten quarterback. He became just the fourth Iowa quarterback to top 3,000 yards and narrowly missed the school record for touchdown strikes. His 399 yards against Pittsburgh were the seventh-most in school history. Iowa opens the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at Soldier Field in Chicago, taking on defending Mid-American Conference champ Northern Illinois.

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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