|Manning Award Watch List, 2007August 7, 2007
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has announced the names of the players to watch for the Manning Award, given to college football's top quarterback.
Making this year's Manning Award watch list are:
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning, and will be presented to the recipient following the holiday bowl season. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.
The winner will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.
"We have another talented group of quarterbacks to watch from coast to coast," Archie Manning said. "We've had some phenomenal players earn this award so far and this year should be no exception."
The first three winners of the Manning Award reads like a Who's Who list at the quarterback position. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Last season, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award, capped by his performance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. All three players went on to become first round draft picks in the NFL.
Finalists for the award will be announced prior to the beginning of the bowl season.