Manning Award Watch List Wraps Up With Arizona’s Nick Foles park
The 33rd and final player to be named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch List is Arizona junior quarterback Nick Foles (official bio). Last year, in his first season as a starter, Foles threw for 2,486 yards and 19 touchdowns while leading the Wildcats to the Las Vegas Bowl. 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 transferring from Michigan State and sitting out the 2008 season, Foles earned the starting job for the Wildcats with a solid week-three relief-effort against Iowa. In his first career start, the following week, he completed 25-of-34 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions) to lift the ‘Cats to a 37-32 win over Oregon State. He followed that with a 384-yard effort in a close loss to Washington and then a monster game against Stanford – he connected on 40-of-51 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-38 victory. He also added a 300-yard, four-TD performance against Oregon. His 2,486 season passing yards ranks sixth all-time at Arizona while his 19 TDs are sixth and his 260 completions and 410 attempts are both No. 2 in school history. His solid sophomore campaign has earned him numerous preseason accolades and the Wildcats hope that experience will help lead Arizona to its first-ever Rose Bowl appearance. The Wildcats will open the season at Toledo on Friday, Sept. 3 on ESPN.
The members of the Watch List are being released in a completely random order.
Manning Award Watch List (Final)
|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|
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.