The Manning Award names Cody Fajardo to its Watch List


The Manning Award names Cody Fajardo to its Watch List

The Manning Award names Cody Fajardo to its Watch List

Aug. 2, 2013

RENO, Nev. – Nevada junior Cody Fajardo earned a spot on a fifth preseason watch list on Friday when he was one of 30 named Friday to the Watch List for the Manning Award.

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 year’s list of quarterbacks 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.

A second team All-Mountain West selection in 2012, Fajardo has accounted for 6,308 yards of total offense so far in two seasons at Nevada. Last year, Fajardo threw for 2,786 yards and 20 touchdowns with just nine interceptions while rushing for 1,121 yards and 12 more scores.

This is the fourth watch list for the 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback. He has previously been named to the watch lists for the Hornung Award (most versatile player), Maxwell Award (player of the year), Davey O’Brien Award (top national quarterback), and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was named by The Heisman Pundit as a Hesiman Trophy contender earlier this year.

“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.”


 

 

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.

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.

Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

2013-14 Manning Award Watch List

Name

 

Cl.

School

QBR

David

Ash

Jr.

TEXAS

77.2

Blake

Bortles

Jr.

UCF

72.9

Tajh

Boyd

Sr.

CLEMSON

82.2

Teddy

Bridgewater

Jr.

LOUISVILLE

78.1

Terrance

Broadway

Jr.

UL-LAFAYETTE

76.9

Kolton

Browning

Sr.

UL- MONROE

68.6

Derek

Carr

Sr.

FRESNO ST

64.1

Rakeem

Cato

Jr.

MARSHALL

68.8

Kain

Colter

Sr.

NORTHWESTERN

65.3

Cody

Fajardo

Jr.

NEVADA

75.6

David

Fales

Sr.

SAN JOSE STATE

78.4

Brett

Hundley

So.

UCLA

68.8

Chuckie

Keeton

Jr.

UTAH STATE

76.4

Taylor

Kelly

Jr.

ARIZONA STATE

65.7

Logan

Kilgore

Sr.

MIDDLE TENN ST

60.3

Jordan

Lynch

Sr.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS

74.7

Sean

Mannion

Jr.

OREGON STATE

62.5

Johnny

Manziel

So.

TEXAS A&M

90.5

Marcus

Mariota

So.

OREGON

87.3

Taylor

Martinez

Sr.

NEBRASKA

70.4

A.J.

McCarron

Jr.

ALABAMA

81.1

Braxton

Miller

Jr.

OHIO STATE

68.4

Stephen

Morris

Sr.

MIAMI FLORIDA

59.6

Aaron

Murray

Sr.

GEORGIA

78.4

Bryn

Renner

Sr.

NORTH CAROLINA

63.6

Connor

Shaw

Sr.

SOUTH CAROLINA

64.6

Brett

Smith

Jr.

WYOMING

74.6

Joe

Southwick

Sr.

BOISE STATE

68.9

Eric

Soza

Sr.

UTSA

62.3

Bo

Wallace

Jr.

OLE MISS

60.0

 

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