Manning Match-Up Week Three - September 19
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Only one game this week features Manning Award Watch Listers facing each other as Duke is playing at Kansas marking the first time these two teams have met (12 p.m. ET,). Duke features four-year starter Thaddeus Lewis at quarterback and Kansas is led by senior Todd Reesing.
Other Week 3 Manning Match-Ups
Manning Award Stars of the Week:
From the players selected to the preseason Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standouts stars from the opening weekend:
Case Keenum, Houston
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Russell Wilson, North Carolina State
Manning Award Players to Watch:
The Manning Award Watch List will be revised in mid-October. Here's a look at second-week numbers from quarterbacks making a bid to join the Watch List:
Greg Alexander, Hawaii
Jarrett Brown, West Virginia
Ryan Forcier, Michigan
Bo Levi Mitchell, SMU
Taylor Potts, Texas Tech
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 takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.
While the preseason Watch List includes just 38 quarterbacks, 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. Ten finalists will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. That list will be released on Monday, Nov. 30. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 14.
The first five winners of the Manning Award reads like a Who's Who list at the quarterback position. 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. Last year's winner was Florida's Tim Tebow, who will bid to become the first repeat winner this season.