Allstate Sugar Bowl Announces Manning Award Watch List Additions

NEW ORLEANS (October 22, 2021) – The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced 15 additions to its 2021 Watch List on Friday. 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, December 2 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 32 quarterbacks to watch during the preseason, the Manning Award opted to increase its spotlighted 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.

2021 Manning Award Watch List Midseason Additions (stats through 10/22)

Name, Class, School Cmp-Att Pct. Yards TD INT QBR Rushing
Brennan Armstrong, Jr., Virginia 210-329 63.8 2,824 19 6 70.1 78 yards, 3 TDs
Gerry Bohanon, Jr., Baylor 114-173 65.9 1563 12 1 76.6 141 yards, 6 TDs
Jake Haener, Sr., Fresno State 179-264 67.8 2,326 20 6 64.3 41 yards, 3 TDs
Sam Hartman, So., Wake Forest 116-184 63.0 1,615 14 3 79.9 125 yards, 3 TDs
KJ Jefferson, So., Arkansas 100-161 62.1 1,463 11 3 72.6 386 yards, 5 TDs
Max Johnson, So., LSU 149-243 61.3 1,863 20 4 65.1 NA
Devin Leary, So., N.C. State 140-208 67.3 1,534 15 2 74.9 1 TD
Tanner Mordecai, Jr., SMU 187-263 71.1 2,320 29 7 70 185 yards, 2 TDs
Chris Reynolds, Sr., Charlotte 106-162 65.4 1,326 13 6 67 199 yards, 3 TDs
Will Rogers, So., Mississippi State 250-339 73.7 2,162 14 5 67.5 NA
C.J. Stroud, Fr., Ohio State 104-157 66.2 1,699 18 3 89.7 NA
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Sr., UCLA 101-166 60.8 1,419 13 2 76.7 329 yards, 5 TDs
Payton Thorne, So., Michigan State 112-183 61.2 1701 15 4 73.5 86 yards, 2 TDs
Bryce Young, So., Alabama 156-224 69.6 2,082 24 3 87.5 NA
Bailey Zappe, Sr. Western Kentucky 208-297 70.0 2,632 26 4 79.9 30 yards, 1 TD

The additions to the Watch List come from eight different conferences with the SEC leading the way with four quarterbacks. The ACC has three while the Big Ten and Conference USA have two each. The newcomers include four seniors, three juniors, seven sophomores and one freshman.

In its first 17 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 13 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference (Joe Burrow, Mac Jones, Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) leads the way with six Manning Award honorees, while the Big 12 Conference (Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) has had five winners. The Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) has had four Manning Award winners. LSU (Burrow and Russell), Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) and Texas (McCoy and Young) are the only schools with two different winners.

Statistically, the Manning Award has seen a wide-range of quarterbacks. Fourteen of the Manning Award men threw for over 3,000 yards in their winning campaign, including 4,000-yard seasons from Burrow, Griffin III, Jones, Marcus Mariota, Mayfield, Murray, Ryan, Watson (twice) and Winston. On the other hand, Manziel, Murray, Newton, Watson (in 2015) and Young 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. Twelve of the winners accounted for over 40 touchdowns during their successful seasons – Burrow’s 65 touchdowns (60 passing, five rushing) broke Mariota’s record (58 in 2014) for touchdowns by a Manning Award winner.

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. Fourteen of the 17 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor. Twelve Manning Award honorees led their teams to the CFP Semifinals or a BCS Championship game appearance (Burrow, Jones, Matt Leinart, Mariota, Mayfield, McCoy, Murray, Newton, Tebow, Watson, Winston and Young). Eight won national championships (Burrow, Jones, 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. Six honorees were selected No. 1 overall (Burrow, Mayfield, Murray, 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. Seventy-three players from 66 different schools were honored during the 2020 season and 424 different quarterbacks from 129 schools have been recognized since 2011.