Tulsa's G.J. Kinne Is Third C-USA QB Named to Manning Award Watch List

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Tulsa's G.J. Kinne Is Third C-USA QB Named to Manning Award Watch List park

For the first time in his four years at Tulsa, head coach Todd Graham returns his starting quarterback, the talented G.J. Kinne (official bio), who led the Golden Hurricane in rushing and passing as a sophomore. Kinne, who transferred to Tulsa from Texas, was a midseason addition to the Manning Watch List last year. 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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Despite playing with an inexperienced offensive line and backfield, Kinne still managed to throw for 2,732 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Golden Hurricane. After transferring from Texas and redshirting the 2008 campaign, Kinne won the starting job and completed 61 percent of his passes (227.7 average per game) while rushing for a team-high 393 yards. He ranked third in Conference USA in passing average (227.7), fourth in total offense (260.4) and fourth in pass efficiency (142.6) while registering three 300-yard passing games. He had a pair of career games as well, tallying a career-high 396 passing yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 88 yards and one TD against Southern Miss, and throwing for 334 yards with 100 rushing yards against No. 13 Houston in a 46-45 loss. That marked the first time in Tulsa history that a player had passed for 300 yards while rushing for 100 yards. He also had a streak of 95 passes attempted without an interception against SMU. Kinne closed the season by passing for 268 yards and three TDs in a 33-30 overtime victory against Memphis. The Golden Hurricanes jump straight into league play in 2010 by opening the season on the road against East Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 5.

He joins Houston's Case Keenum and SMU's Kyle Padron as Conference USA quarterbacks on the Manning Award Watch List to date.

Here's the C-USA Player Spotlight on Kinne for 2010

  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

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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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