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.
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
|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.