SMU's Kyle Padron Selected for Manning Award Watch List park
After 25 years without a bowl appearance, SMU turned to rookie quarterback Kyle Padron (official bio) midway through the 2009 campaign and the true freshman led the Mustangs to four wins in their final five regular season games. However, his tremendous bowl performance was the key factor in his being selected as the sixth member of this summer's Manning Award Watch List. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is releasing the Watch List one player at a time on its official Facebook and Twitter pages. The award has honored the top quarterback in the nation for the past six years.
As a true freshman, Padron took over as SMU's starting signal caller in the eight game of the season and posted a 159.9 passer rating to rank fifth in the nation and finished the year with a 5-1 record as a starter. Proving very adept in coach June Jones' run-and-shoot offense, the youngster tallied 225 or more yards in each of his six starts. However, his true coming-out party was in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl as he earned MVP honors after passing for a school-record 460 yards and two TDs in SMU's 45-10 win over Nevada. It was SMU's first bowl appearance in 25 years. Padron's bowl effort was ranked as the eighth-best post-season performance by CollegeFootballNews.com. The Mustangs open the 2010 campaign at Texas Tech on Sunday, Sept. 5.
PonyFans.com story on Padron from June 10
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.