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Manning Award Watch List 2018

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its preseason Watch List on August 16, 2018. The list included 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2018 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.

“We’re very excited to jump into another college football season and to have the opportunity to watch all of the tremendous quarterbacks around the country,” said Archie Manning. “While these 30 quarterbacks have been selected to our Watch List, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible to earn the honor. We will make some midseason additions which will allow us to recognize some new faces as well as some of the standout quarterbacks that are still in the midst of preseason competition.”

The 2018 Watch List included players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The SEC led the way with five selections, while the ACC and the Big Ten each had four selections, followed by the Pac-12 and the MAC with three each. There were 17 seniors on the list while the junior class was represented by 12 quarterbacks and the sophomore class had just one.

Four 2017 Manning Award finalists were included on the 2018 Watch List: Trace McSorley (Penn State), McKenzie Milton (UCF), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) and Khalil Tate (Arizona).

2018 Manning Award Preseason Watch List (2017 stats)

 Name, School
 Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INT  QBR  Rushing
 Jake Bentley, Jr., South Carolina 245-394 .622 2,794 18 12 65.1  85 yds, 6 TDs
 Jake Browning, Sr., Washington 230-336 .685 2,719 19 5 71.9  25 yds, 7 TDs
 A.J. Erdely, Sr., UAB 205-338 .607 2,331 16 4 49.5  326 yds, 13 TDs
 Caleb Evans, Jr., UL Monroe 211-344 .613 2,868 17 6 66.7  579 yds, 13 TDs
 Mason Fine, Jr., North Texas 324-511 .634 4,052 31 15 56.8  NA
 Ryan Finley, Sr., N.C. State 312-479 .651 3,518 17 6 80.4  194 yds, 3 TDs
 Nick Fitzgerald, Sr., Mississippi State 159-286 .556 1,782 15 11 78.5  984 yds, 14 TDs
 Andrew Ford, Sr., Massachusetts 223-353 .660 2,924 22 4 45.3  NA
 Ty Gangi, Sr., Nevada 228-374 .610 2,746 25 11 63.3  180 yds, 4 TDs
 Will Grier, Sr., West Virginia 250-388 .644 3,490 34 12 75.8  NA
 Justice Hansen, Sr., Arkansas State 305-487 .626 3,867 37 16 52.4  422 yds, 7 TDs
 Ben Hicks, Jr., SMU 276-472 .585 3,569 33 12 64.5  NA
 Alex Hornibrook, Jr., Wisconsin 198-318 .623 2,644 25 15 74.0  NA
 Josh Jackson, So., Virginia Tech 236-396 .596 2,991 20 9 60.3  324 yds, 6 TDs
 Daniel Jones, Jr., Duke 257-453 .567 2,691 14 11 52.8  518 yds, 7 TDs
 Kyle Kempt, Sr., Iowa State 161-243 .663 1,878 15 3 72.1  NA
 Brian Lewerke, Jr., Michigan State 246-417 .590 2,793 20 7 77.7  559 yds, 5 TDs
 Drew Lock, Sr., Missouri 242-419 .578 3,964 44 13 74.4  NA
 Trace McSorley, Sr., Penn State 284-427 .665 3,570 28 10 81.5  491 yds, 11 TDs
 McKenzie Milton, Jr., UCF 265-395 .671 4,037 37 9 84.1  613 yds, 8 TDs
 Gus Ragland, Sr., Miami (Ohio) 150-268 .560 2,032 19 7 48.9  123 yds, 3 TDs
 Malik Rosier, Sr., Miami 224-415 .540 3,120 26 14 67.7  468 yds, 5 TDs
 Nathan Rourke, Jr., Ohio 161-292 .551 2,203 17 7 73.5  912 yds, 21 TDs
 Brett Rypien, Sr., Boise State 218-348 .626 2,877 17 6 69.7  NA
 Kyle Shurmur, Sr., Vanderbilt 220-380 .579 2,823 26 10 62.9  NA
 Nathan Stanley, Jr., Iowa 196-351 .558 2,437 26 6 55.9  NA
 Jarrett Stidham, Sr., Auburn 246-370 .665 3,158 18 6 67.2  153 yds, 4 TDs
 Khalil Tate, Jr., Arizona 111-179 .620 1,591 14 9 92.0  1,411 yds. 12 TDs
 Manny Wilkins, Sr., Arizona State 260-410 .634 3,270 20 8 63.7  282 yds, 7 TDs
 Brandon Wimbush, Jr., Notre Dame 136-275 .495 1,870 16 6 76.2  803 yds, 14 TDs

Midseason additions to the Watch List were announced on Thursday, October 18.

2018 Manning Award Preseason Watch List Additions (stats through October 13)

 Name, School
 Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INT  QBR  Rushing
 Ian Book, Jr., Notre Dame 103-137 .752 1,151 11 3 74.4  112 yds, 3 TDs
 Sam Ehlinger, So., Texas 136-207 .657 1,534 11 2 73.2  230 yds, 6 TDs
 Dwayne Haskins, So., Ohio State 175-242 .723 2,331 28 4 85.9  1 TD
 Justin Herbert, Jr., Oregon 106-168 .631 1,613 17 5 83.0  1 TD
 Tyree Jackson, Jr., Buffalo 114-200 .570 1,543 18 5 79.9  2 TDs
 D’Eriq King, Jr., Houston 116-184 .630 1,571 20 3 75.6  225 yds, 8 TDs
 Cole McDonald, So., Hawai’i 178-278 .640 2,348 26 3 69.0  249 yds, 2 TDs
 Marcus McMaryion, Sr., Fresno State 130-182 .714 1,578 11 2 78.8  98 yds, 7 TDs
 Gardner Minshew, Sr., Washington State 215-313 .687 2,422 19 4 77.6  2 TDs
 Steven Montez, Jr., Colorado 141-200 .705 1,590 11 3 76.7  134 yds, 4 TDs
 Kyler Murray, Jr., Oklahoma 96-135 .711 1,764 21 3 96.9  377 yds, 5 TDs
 Jordan Ta’amu, Sr., Ole Miss 146-222 .658 2,298 15 5 79.4  253 yds, 4 TDs
 Tua Tagovailoa, So., Alabama 88-123 .715 1,760 21 0 97.4  117 yds, 2 TDs
 Zac Thomas, So., Appalachian State 70-112 .625 1,040 10 3 86.8  233 yds, 6 TDs
 Jon Wassink, Jr., Western Michigan 143-231 .619 1,924 16 6 75.6  125 yds, 3 TDs

The additions to the Watch List came from eight different conferences with the Pac-12 leading the way with three quarterbacks. The Big 12, MAC, Mountain West and SEC each had two recognized. The newcomers included three seniors, seven juniors and five sophomores.

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