Renner Named To Manning Watch List
NEW ORLEANS --- The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its preseason Watch List on Thursday and North Carolina's Bryn Renner is among that quarterbacks chosen. This year's list was selected in conjunction with the release of ESPN's new Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) - the top 30 returning quarterbacks according to the QBR make up the Watch List. The winner will still be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
Renner comes back to Chapel Hill to take aim at the Carolina career record book after one of the most prolific seasons in school history in 2012. Renner passed for 3,356 yards and a school-record 28 touchdowns a year ago, and trails just T.J. Yates and Darian Durant in all four major passing categories. An honorable mention All-ACC pick last season, Renner is a preseason third-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele and was also chosen for the Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award watch lists.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of 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.
"This is always an exciting time of year for college football players, coaches and fans," said Archie Manning. "ESPN has come up with an interesting new statistical measure of quarterbacks so we decided to use the QBR to determine our Watch List, but we want to remind everyone that every quarterback in the country remains eligible to win this honor and we're looking forward to seeing how things play out on the field."
This year's Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The Mountain West Conference leads the way with six honorees, while the Southeastern Conference has five quarterbacks on the list and the Pac-12 adds four.