Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Manning Award Watch List

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Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Manning Award Watch List park

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its preseason Watch List on Monday. The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2016 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.

Manning Award

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 Wednesday, October 12. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 30. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 11.

This year's Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The Big 12 leads the way with five selections, followed by the Big Ten and ACC with four each. There are 15 seniors on the list while the junior class is represented by 11 quarterbacks and the sophomore class has three.

Four of last year's Manning Award finalists are included on this year's Watch List, including 2015 winner Deshaun Watson from Clemson, who will attempt to become the first repeat winner of the honor. Other returning finalists are Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Greg Ward, Jr., (Houston).

2016 Manning Award Preseason Watch List (2015 stats)

 Name, School
 Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INT  QBR  Rushing
 Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska 222-402 55.2 3030 22 16 72.8  400 yds, 7 TDs
 J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 93-147 63.3 992 11 4 76.9  682 yds, 11 TDs
 C.J. Beathard, Iowa 223-362 61.6 2809 17 5 69.7  237 yds, 6 TDs
 Jake Browning, Washington 233-368 63.3 2955 16 10 60.8  NA
 Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee 205-344 59.6 2291 15 5 75.9  671 yds, 11 TDs
 Dane Evans, Tulsa 305-485 62.9 4332 25 8 66.5  NA
 Luke Falk, Washington State 447-664 69.4 4561 38 8 65.9  NA
 Quinton Flowers, USF 163-276 59.1 2296 22 8 54.4  991 yds, 12 TDs
 Skyler Howard, West Virginia 221-403 54.8 3145 26 14 57.4  502 yds, 6 TDs
 Lamar Jackson, Louisville 135-247 54.7 1840 12 8 72.2  960 yds, 11 TDs
 Brad Kaaya, Miami 238-389 61.2 3238 16 5 69.4  NA
 Chad Kelly, Ole Miss 298-458 65.1 4042 31 13 86.9  500 yds, 10 TDs
 Trevor Knight, Oklahoma* 179-316 56.6 2300 14 12 25.9  NA
 Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State 170-283 60.1 2387 31 9  70.4  436 yds, 5 TDs
 Wes Lunt, Illinois 270-481 56.1 2761 14 6 49.4  NA
 Pat Mahomes, Texas Tech 364-573 63.5 4653 36 15 79.1  456 yds, 10 TDs
 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma 269-395 68.1 3700 36 7 80.4  405 yds, 7 TDs
 Nick Mullens, Southern Miss 331-421 63.5 4476 38 12 69.1  NA
 Kent Myers, Utah State 121-199 60.8 1593 16 3 68.3  356 yds, 3 TDs
 Josh Rosen, UCLA 292-487 60.0 3670 23 11 68.4  NA
 Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State 264-424 62.3 3770 21 9 73.9  NA
 Cooper Rush, Central Michigan 324-489 66.3 3848 25 11 70.5  NA
 Seth Russell, Baylor 119-200 59.5 2104 29 6 89.9  402 yds, 6 TDs
 Brett Rypien, Boise State  273-430 63.5 3353 20 8 58.3  NA
 Brandon Silvers, Troy  202-330 61.2 2378 20 7  53.0  NA
 Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee  327-490 66.7 4005 30 9  76.3  NA
 Zach Terrell, Western Michigan  262-391 67.0 3522 29 9  68.9  NA
 Greg Ward, Jr., Houston  232-345 67.2 2828 17 6  78.1  1108 yds, 21 TDs
 Phillip Walker, Temple  246-433 56.8 2973 23 10  69.4  332 yds, 3 TDs
 Deshaun Watson, Clemson  333-491 67.8 4104 35 13  86.7  1105 yds, 12 TDs

* – Knight stats are from 2014 with Oklahoma

"We have had the opportunity to recognize 12 outstanding quarterbacks with the Manning Award," said Paul Hoolahan, Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO. "It is truly a great honor for the Allstate Sugar Bowl to sponsor this award and we wish the best of luck to every quarterback and team in the country for another great year of college football."

In its first 12 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 leads the way with four Manning Award winners (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell, Tim Tebow), while Texas is the only school with two winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young). Watson was the third winner from the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) and Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013).

Statistically, the Manning Award has seen a wide-range of quarterbacks. Nine 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 and Winston. On the other hand, Watson, 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. Seven 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 into account the quarterbacks bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Eleven of the 12 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 (Leinart, Mariota, Newton, Tebow, Winston and Young) led their teams to the national championship game (BCS or CFP).

Manning Award winners have also factored prominently in the NFL Draft as they all heard their names called on Draft Day (except for Watson, who is just a sophomore). 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 of 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. Fifty-six players from 53 different schools were honored during the 2015 season.

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