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Manning Award Watch List Released
August 15, 2011 @ 12:00 am
Prior to the 2004 college football season, 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 college football quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting; therefore, it is presented annually following the completion of the bowl season. The winner is selected by a panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.
Cameron Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner from the national champion Auburn Tigers, was selected as the winner of the 2010-11 Manning Award, presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl to the top quarterback in the nation.
"I’m not sure if we’ve ever seen a player put up numbers like Cam Newton did this year," said Archie Manning. "It’s amazing for a guy to account for over 50 touchdowns in a career, let alone one season, and to also lead his team to the SEC Championship and the BCS Championship, it’s no surprise that our voting panel selected Cam as this year’s winner.
"I want to give credit to all 10 of our finalists; it’s been a great year for quarterbacks and we’re very excited that six of them are scheduled to return next year."
The returning finalists are this year’s runner-up Andrew Luck (Stanford), as well as Kellen Moore (Boise State), Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State), Denard Robinson (Michigan), Darron Thomas (Oregon) and Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State). The other finalists were Andy Dalton (TCU), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada) and Ryan Mallett (Arkansas). Seven of the finalists were victorious in their bowl games while two of the losses came to other Manning Award finalists.