Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Manning Award Watch List Additions

Fifteen Players Added to Watch List for Top QB Honor

NEW ORLEANS (October 18, 2018) – The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced 15 additions to its 2018 Watch List on Thursday. Finalists for the honor will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. That list will be released on Thursday, November 29 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.

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.

After announcing 30 quarterbacks to watch during the preseason, the Manning Award opted to increase its focus players based on the many outstanding performances during the first half of the year. While these players have been added to the Watch List, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible to win the honor.

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 come 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 include three seniors, seven juniors and five sophomores.

In its first 14 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 12 different schools and from four different conferences. The Big 12 Conference (Baker Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) joins the Southeastern Conference (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) with four Manning Award winners each, while Texas is the only school with two different winners (McCoy and Young).

Statistically, the Manning Award has seen a wide-range of quarterbacks. Eleven of the Manning Award men threw for over 3,000 yards in their winning campaign, including 4,000-yard seasons from Mayfield, Griffin III, Marcus Mariota, Ryan, Watson (twice) and Winston. On the other hand, Watson (in 2015), 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. Nine 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 account of the quarterbacks’ bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Twelve of the 14 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor. Nine Manning Award honorees led their teams to the CFP Semifinals or a BCS Championship game appearance (Matt Leinart, Mariota, Mayfield, McCoy, Newton, Tebow, Watson, Winston and Young). Six won national championships (Leinart, Newton, Tebow, Watson, Winston and Young).

Previous Manning Award winners have also factored prominently in the NFL Draft as they all heard their names called on Draft Day. Four honorees were selected No. 1 overall (Mayfield, Newton, Russell and Winston), while four others went No. 2 or No. 3 (Griffin, Mariota, Ryan and Young).

All 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. Sixty-three players from 60 different schools were honored during the 2017 season.