Allen Named To Manning Award Watch List

Duke upsets No. 15 UNC 28-27

Duke upsets No. 15 UNC 28-27

On Wednesday, the Sugar Bowl released a preseason watch list for the Manning Award, and five SEC quarterbacks were included - Austin Allen (Arkansas), Jacob Eason (Georgia), Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), Jalen Hurts (Alabama) and Drew Lock (Missouri). He's also on watch lists for the Maxwell Award, the Wuerffel Trophy, the O'Brien Award, the Walter Camp Award and the Unitas Golden Arm Award. Allen threw 28 touchdown passes in 2016, placing him No. 1 in the conference and No. 20 in the NCAA.

This year's Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.

Silvers led a Troy offensive attack that paced the Sun Belt averaging 33.7 points and 260.5 passing yards per game last season, while ranking second in total offense with 429.6 yards per game (a mere four overall yards behind Appalachian State). "I have been a proud member of the Sugar Bowl for over 25 years, and I appreciate everything they Sugar Bowl does for our community, far more than just a football game on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, but when they created this award, it was just such a compliment to Peyton and Eli and myself, and even Olivia and Cooper and our family". In addition to the Manning Award watch list, the ACC leads or are tied for the most players on the watch lists for the Bednarik (best defensive player), Outland (top interior lineman), Nagurski (top defensive player), Mackey (top tight end), Groza (top kicker) and Hornung (most versatile). The Manning Award goes to the top quarterback in college football.

"We have had the opportunity to recognize 12 outstanding quarterbacks with the Manning Award", said Paul Hoolahan, Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO.

Another SEC quarterback not on the watch list could still win the award.

Statistically, the Manning Award has seen a wide-range of quarterbacks. Eight of the winners accounted for over 40 touchdowns during their successful seasons - Mariota tallied a Manning Award-best 58 touchdowns during his winning campaign in 2014. 61 players from 59 different schools were chosen during the 2016 season.

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