Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Manning Award Watch List
National Honor Recognizes Top Quarterback in Country After Bowls
NEW ORLEANS (August 16, 2017) – The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its preseason Watch List on Wednesday. The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2017 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
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.
“We once again have a great group of quarterbacks returning to college football this fall,” said Archie Manning. “While this Watch List has many of the best returning players, we look forward to making midseason additions as teams settle on definite starters and as young players step up and make names for themselves. I’m really looking forward to getting the season rolling to see which guys will rise to the top and become Manning Award finalists.”
Inclusion on the Watch List is not necessary for the quarterbacks to be selected for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced on Thursday, October 12. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Thursday, November 30. The winner will be announced in the week following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
This year’s Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The SEC and the ACC lead the way with five selections each, followed by the Big Ten, Mountain West and Sun Belt with three each. There are 13 seniors on the list while the junior class is represented by 12 quarterbacks and the sophomore class has five.
Seven of last year’s Manning Award finalists are included on this year’s Watch List: J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Jake Browning (Washington), Sam Darnold (USC), Luke Falk (Washington State), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma).
2017 Manning Award Preseason Watch List (2016 stats)
| Name, School
|Austin Allen, Sr., Arkansas||245-401||.611||3,430||25||15||69.9||NA|
|Josh Allen, Jr., Wyoming||209-373||.560||3,203||28||15||73.8||NA|
|J.T. Barrett, Sr., Ohio State||233-379||.615||2,555||24||7||70.5||845 yds, 9 TDs|
|Jake Browning, Jr. Washington||243-391||.621||3,430||43||9||81.3||NA|
|Sam Darnold, So., USC||246-366||.672||3,086||31||9||86.2||250 yds, 2 TDs|
|Eric Dungey, Jr., Syracuse||230-355||.648||2,679||15||7||65.0||293 yds, 6 TDs|
|Jacob Eason, So., Georgia||204-370||.551||2,430||16||8||55.0||NA|
|Luke Falk, Sr., Washington State||443-633||.700||4,468||38||11||72.0||NA|
|Riley Ferguson, Sr., Memphis||280-443||.632||3,698||32||10||60.0||NA|
|Ryan Finley, Jr., NC State||243-402||.604||3,055||18||8||66.5||NA|
|Nick Fitzgerald, Jr., Mississippi St.||196-361||.543||2,423||21||10||77.4||1,375 yds, 16 TDs|
|Quinton Flowers, Sr., USF||207-331||.625||2,812||24||7||78.4||1,530 yds, 18 TDs|
|Deondre Francois, So., Florida State||235-400||.588||3,350||20||7||79.6||198 yds, 5 TDs|
|Jalen Hurts, So., Alabama||240-382||.628||2,780||23||9||68.4||954 yds, 13 TDs|
|Lamar Jackson, Jr., Louisville||230-409||.562||3,543||30||9||84.8||1,571 yds, 21 TDs|
|Daniel Jones, So., Duke||270-430||.628||2,836||16||9||62.8||486 yds, 7 TDs|
|Taylor Lamb, Sr., Appalachian State||197-325||.606||2,281||15||8||67.3||506 yds, 9 TDs|
|Matt Linehan, Sr., Idaho||257-415||.619||3,184||19||10||55.9||NA|
|Drew Lock, Jr., Missouri||237-434||.546||3,399||23||10||56.0||NA|
|Baker Mayfield, Sr., Oklahoma||254-358||.709||3,965||40||8||91.8||177 yds, 6 TDs|
|Trace McSorley, Jr., Penn State||224-387||.579||3,614||29||8||73.7||365 yds, 7 TDs|
|Brogan Roback, Jr., Eastern Michigan||219-372||.589||2,694||18||7||65.0||NA|
|Mason Rudolph, Sr., Oklahoma State||284-448||.634||4,091||28||4||75.7||NA|
|Brett Rypien, Jr., Boise State||244-394||.619||3,646||24||8||66.3||NA|
|Brandon Silvers, Sr., Troy||293-460||.637||3,180||23||12||58.5||NA|
|Nick Stevens, Sr., Colorado State||129-201||.642||1,936||19||5||85.3||NA|
|Brent Stockstill, Jr., Middle Tennessee||262-414||.633||3,233||31||7||71.9||NA|
|Clayton Thorson, Jr., Northwestern||280-478||.586||3,182||22||9||62.3||NA|
|Mike White, Sr., Western Kentucky||280-416||.673||4,363||37||7||77.6||NA|
|Logan Woodside, Sr., Toledo||289-418||.691||4,129||45||9||77.9||NA|
In its first 13 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 11 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) lead the way with four Manning Award wins each, while Texas is the only school with two different winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young).
Statistically, the Manning Award has seen a wide-range of quarterbacks. Ten of the Manning Award men threw for over 3,000 yards in their winning campaign, including 4,000-yard seasons from Robert Griffin III, Marcus Mariota, Ryan, Watson (twice) and Winston. On the other hand, Watson (in 2015), Young, Manziel and Newton were all 1,000-yard rushers during their Manning years.
Perhaps most impressive among the statistics of the quarterbacks recognized by the Manning Award is touchdowns scored. Eight of the winners accounted for over 40 touchdowns during their successful seasons – Mariota tallied a Manning Award-best 58 touchdowns during his winning campaign in 2014.
One of the more unique aspects of the Manning Award is the fact that it takes account of the quarterbacks’ bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Twelve of the 13 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor; the lone loss was by McCoy in the 2010 BCS Championship game when he suffered an early injury. In addition to Watson and McCoy, six other Manning honorees (Matt Leinart, Mariota, Newton, Tebow, Winston and Young) led their teams to the national championship game (BCS or CFP). Watson accomplished that feat twice, winning the title this season.
Previous Manning Award winners have also factored prominently in the NFL Draft as they all heard their names called on Draft Day. Three honorees were selected No. 1 overall (Newton, Russell and Winston), while four others went No. 2 or No. 3 (Griffin, Mariota, Ryan and Young).
All the Manning Award winners follow in the footsteps of the Mannings themselves. In college, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning combined for over 25,000 passing yards and 201 touchdowns while playing in 10 bowl games and earning four bowl MVP awards. Archie was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, while both Peyton and Eli were selected No. 1 overall.
In addition to the Manning Award’s yearly honor, each week during the regular season, eight quarterbacks are recognized as Manning Quarterbacks of the Week. Sixty-one players from 59 different schools were honored during the 2016 season.