Sun Belt Gets Manning Rep With Middle Tennessee's Dasher

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Sun Belt Gets Manning Rep With Middle Tennessee's Dasher park

Photo by Bradley LambertMiddle Tennessee star Dwight Dasher (official bio) is the first Sun Belt Conference player to be named to this year's Manning Award Preseason Watch List. Dasher had an outstanding year last year but made a major splash on the national scene with his transcendent performance in the New Orleans Bowl – he led the Blue Raiders to a 42-32 win over Southern Miss with 162 passing yards (two passing touchdowns) and 201 rushing yards (and two more TDs). 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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Dasher was named the preseason Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year after becoming only the fourth player in NCAA history to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season last year. The 5-10 senior set a Middle Tennessee record for total offense with 3,943 yards while accounting for 36 touchdowns. He threw for 2,789 yards, the most in school history, while setting another school record with 23 touchdown passes. On the ground, Dasher added another record, rushing for 1,154 yards and 13 scores, most ever by an MTSU QB.  He rushed for 60 or more yards 10 times, while throwing for 200? yards eight times. Dasher set career highs in completions, attempts, and passing yards against Maryland by going 27-of-44 for 324 yards and two touchdowns. His sensational performance in the New Orleans Bowl earned him MVP honors and his 201 rushing yards went down as the most yards by a quarterback in NCAA bowl history. The Blue Raiders welcome Minnesota on Sept. 2 for their 2010 season opener.

Dasher YouTube highlights

July 20 Tennessean story on Dasher earning Preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year

Sporting News preview of Middle Tennessee State

  Manning Award Watch List (Final)

 Name  Class  Cmp-Att  Pct.  Yards  TDs  INTs  Wins
 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

2010-11 Manning Award Watch List Photo Gallery

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.

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