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Manning Award Watch List, 2015-16The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, published its complete preseason Watch List on Thursday, July 23. The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2015 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.

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.

“We’re very excited about the group of quarterbacks on our Watch List,” said Archie Manning. “And once the season gets rolling, I am sure we will see additional quarterbacks become worthy of inclusion as they establish themselves, so we will make some additions.”

Inclusion on the Watch List is not necessary for the quarterbacks to be selected for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced on Wednesday, October 14. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 25. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 13.

This year’s Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The ACC leads the way with five selections, followed by the SEC, the Pac-12 and the American with four each. There are 15 seniors on the list while the junior class is represented by 11 quarterbacks and the sophomore class has three.

Three of last year’s Manning Award finalists are included on this year’s Watch List: Trevone Boykin (TCU), Cody Kessler (USC) and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State).

2015-16 Manning Award Preseason Watch List (2014 stats)

 Name, School
 Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INT  QBR  Rushing
 Brandon Allen, Arkansas  190-339  56.0  2,285  20  5  68.7  NA
 Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska 184-345 53.3 2,695 22 12 63.9  705 yds, 6 TDs
 Trevone Boykin, TCU 301-492 61.2 3,901 33 10 72.5  707 yds, 8 TDs
 Jacoby Brissett, N.C. State 221-370 59.7 2,606 23 5 69.1  529 yds, 3 TDs
 Connor Cook, Michigan State 212-365 58.1 3,214 24 8 81.2  NA
 Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee 112-177 63.3 1,206 9 6 72.9  469 yds, 8 TDs
 Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky 375-552 67.9 4,830 49 10 78.9  NA
 Kevin Ellison, Georgia Southern 71-128 55.5 1,001 5 3 66.4  1096 yds, 12 TDs
 Blake Frohnapfel, UMass 241-437 55.1 3,345 23 10 53.9  NA
 Jared Goff, California 316-509 62.1 3,973 35 7 75.2  NA
 Joe Gray, San Jose State 210-330 63.6 2,305 11 9 44.6  NA
 Christian Hackenberg, Penn State 270-484 55.8 2,977 12 15 35.7  NA
 Taysom Hill, BYU 88-132 66.7 975 7 3 85.8  460 yds, 8 TDs
 Kevin Hogan, Stanford 232-352 65.9 2,792 19 8 68.1  295 yds, 5 TDs
 Brad Kaaya, Miami 221-378 58.5 3,198 26 12 66.5  NA
 Cody Kessler, USC  315-452  69.7  3,826  39  5  78.9  NA
 Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati 233-390 59.7 3,254 31 13 70.0  142 yds, 1 TD
 Fredi Knighten, Arkansas State 269-432 62.3 3,277 24 7 47.7  779 yds, 11 TDs
 Joe Licata, Buffalo 224-345 64.9 2,647 29 11 53.0  NA
 Paxton Lynch, Memphis 259-413 62.7 3,031 22 9 56.8  321 yds, 13 TDs
 Maty Mauk, Missouri 221-414 53.4 2,648 25 13 56.7  373 yds, 2 TDs
 Dak Prescott, Mississippi State 244-396 61.6 3,449 27 11 74.1  986 yds, 14 TDs
 Keenan Reynolds, Navy 52-111 46.8 843 6 3 46.0  1191 yds, 23 TDs
 Sam B. Richardson, Iowa State 254-451 56.3 2,669 18 9 60.9  421 yds, 3 TDs
 Anu Solomon, Arizona 313-540 58.0 3,793 28 9 58.5  291 yds, 2 TDs
 Zach Terrell, Western Michigan 250-368 67.9 3,443 26 10 72.5  264 yds, 3 TDs
 Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech 96-187 51.3 1,719 18 6 83.7  1086 yds, 8 TDs
 P.J. Walker, Temple 203-381 53.3 2,317 13 15 32.6  324 yds, 3 TDs
 Deshaun Watson, Clemson 93-137 67.9 1,466 14 2 90.8  200 yds, 5 TDs
 Marquise Williams, North Carolina 270-428 63.1 3,068 21 9 67.7  788 yds, 13 TDs

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.

2015-16 Manning Award Midseason Watch List Additions (stats through 10/14/15)

 Name, School
 Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INT  QBR  Rushing
 Kyle Allen, Texas A&M 89-139 64.0 1,274 13 2 80.3  136 yds, 2 TDs
 Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech 136-223 61.0 1,812 11 3 66.0  211 yds, 5 TDs
 Luke Falk, Washington State 196-275 71.3 1,964 15 2 58.4  NA
 Matt Johnson, Bowling Green 190-275 69.1 2,534 19 3 79.1  NA
 Chad Kelly, Ole Miss 121-188 64.4 1,862 14 5 86.1  129 yds, 4 TDs
 Pat Mahomes, Texas Tech 167-257 65.0 2,264 19 5 87.8  NA
 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma 108-163 66.3 1,593 14 3 71.5  133 yds, 4 TDs
 Seth Russell, Baylor 83-130 63.8 1,527 22 5 80.0  178 yds, 4 TDs
 Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee 158-235 67.2 1,803 16 3 81.3  NA
 Greg Ward, Jr., Houston 100-138 72.5 1,302 8 1 85.5  554 yds, 11 TDs

 
The additions to the Watch List come from six different conferences with the Big 12 leading the way with three quarterbacks. The SEC and Conference USA both added two players, while the American, the MAC and the Pac-12 each had one recognized. The newcomers include four juniors, three sophomores, two seniors and one freshman.

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