Baylor's Griffin Returns From Injury to the Manning Watch List

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Baylor's Griffin Returns From Injury to the Manning Watch List park

The only player to be selected to this year's Manning Award Watch list after a not-so-stellar 2009 season is Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, III (official bio). The not-so-stellar description had nothing to do with Griffin's ability – it was due to an early-season knee injury which forced him to miss the final nine games of 2009. However, his sensational freshman campaign in 2008 still warrants his inclusion on the preseason list of top quarterbacks. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is releasing the Watch List one player per day through its official Facebook and Twitter pages. The award has honored the top quarterback in the nation for the past six years.

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After throwing for 481 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, Griffin suffered a knee injury in the third game of the year which kept him out of the remainder of the season (he qualified for a medical redshirt). In addition to his passing numbers, Griffin ran for 77 yards with a pair of scores. After participating in all non-contact portions of spring drills, he is expected to be at full-strength for the season-opener against Sam Houston State in Waco on Sept. 4. Griffin was also on the Manning Award Watch List last year after a very impressive true freshman campaign when he accounted for a school-record 28 touchdowns (15 passing and 13 rushing). He finished the 2008 campaign with 2,091 passing yards, completing 59.9 percent of his passes while throwing only three interceptions. The Bears are hoping that the surgically repaired Griffin will be back to the form of the start of last season, which would be a major factor in helping his team end a 15-year bowl drought.

May 25 AOL Fanhouse story about Griffin as a Heisman contender

July 26 Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Baylor shooting for a bowl

  Manning Award Watch List (Final)

 Name  Class  Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INTs  Wins
 Matt Barkley, USC So.  211-352  .599  2,735  15  14  9
 Diondre Borel, Utah St. Sr.  214-366  .585  2,885  17  4  4
 Ryan Colburn , Fresno St. Sr.  181-298  .607  2,459  19  11  8
 Zach Collaros, Cincinnati Jr.  93-124  .750  1,434  10  2  4
 Kirk Cousins, Michigan St. Jr.  198-328  .604  2,680  19  9  5
 Andy Dalton, TCU Sr.  199-323  .616  2,756  23  8  12
 Dwight Dasher, Middle Tenn. Sr.  219-399  .549  2,789  23  14  10
 Ricky Dobbs, Navy Sr.  56-105  .533  1,031  6  3  9
 Nathan Enderle, Idaho Sr.  192-312  .615  2,906  22  9  8
 Nick Foles, Arizona Jr.  260-409  .636  2,486  19  9  6
 Blaine Gabbert, Missouri Jr.  262-445  .589  3,593  24  9  8
 Robert Griffin, III, Baylor So.  45-69  .652  481  4  0  2
 Jacory Harris, Miami Jr.  242-406  .596  3,352  24  17  9
 Jordan Jefferson, LSU Jr.  182-296  .615  2,166  17  7  8
 Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M Sr.  296-497  .596  3,579  30  8  6
 Landry Jones, Oklahoma So.  261-449  .581  3,198  26  14  7
 Colin Kaepernick , Nevada Sr.  166-282  .589  2,052  20  6  8
 Case Keenum, Houston Sr.  492-700  .703  5,671  44  15  10
 G.J. Kinne, Tulsa Jr.  210-345  .609  2,732  22  10  5
 Jake Locker , Washington Sr.  230-395  .582  2,800  21  11  5
 Andrew Luck, Stanford So.  162-288  .563  2,575  13  4  8
 Ryan Mallett , Arkansas Jr.  225-403  .558  3,627  30  7  8
 Greg McElroy, Alabama Sr.  198-325  .609  2,508  17  4  14
 Kellen Moore, Boise St. Jr.  277-431  .643  3,536  39  3  14
 Joshua Nesbitt, Ga. Tech Sr.  75-162  .463  1,701  10  5  11
 Kyle Padron, SMU So.  135-201  .672  1,922  10  4  5
 Christian Ponder, Florida St. Sr.  227-330  .688  2,717  14  7  4
 Terrelle Pryor, Ohio St. Jr.  167-295  .566  2,094  18  11  11
 Kevin Riley, California Sr.  209-382  .547  2,850  18  8  8
 Ricky Stanzi , Iowa Sr.  171-304  .563  2,417  17  15  11
 Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech Sr.  136-243  .560  2,311  13  5  10
 Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin Sr.  211-328  .643  2,705  16  11  10
 Russell Wilson, N.C. State Jr.  224-378  .593  3,027  31  11  5

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The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to 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. Ten finalists will be selected in late-November and the winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

The preseason Watch List recognizes some of the 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. 29. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

The Manning Award will be recognizing its seventh 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. Last year's winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history. McCoy was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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