Created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Manning Award honors the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.
The Watch List candidates was selected in conjunction with the release of ESPN’s new Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) – the top 30 returning quarterbacks according to QBR make up the Watch List.
Total QBR measures a quarterback’s contributions to scoring on each play (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles and penalties) accounting for game context (down, distance, yard line, time remaining and score) and adjusted for opponent strength. It is based on a 0-100 scale and 50 is average. Lynch ranks 12th of the 30 quarterbacks on the list with a 74.7 QBR.
The Manning Award is the fifth preseason watch list on which Lynch’s name has appeared.
Lynch has been on the lists released by the Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player), Maxwell Award (college player of the year), the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (top quarterback).
The only quarterback from the Mid-American Conference to earn a spot on the Manning Award Watch List, the Chicago native ranked fourth in the nation last season in rushing and had more 100-yard games (12) than any other player in Division I. Lynch became the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback in NCAA history to pass for more than 3,000 yards (3,138) and rush for more than 1,500 yards (1,815) in a single season. He broke 14 NIU school records and four NCAA marks a year ago.
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