NEW ORLEANS, La. ?? Coming off of his record-setting sophomore season in 2006, University of Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson has been named to the 2007 Manning Award Watch List by the AllState Sugar Bowl.
Wilson, a junior from Hoover, Ala., established school records in single-season passing yards, touchdown passes, completions and attempts last season, his first as a starter. He threw for more than 200 yards in seven straight games, another school record.
Six other quarterbacks from the Southeastern Conference joined Wilson on the list, including Erik Ainge (Tennessee), Brandon Cox (Auburn), Matt Flynn (LSU), Blake Mitchell (South Carolina), Matt Stafford (Georgia) and Andre Woodson (Kentucky).
The Manning Award was created by the AllState Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning and will be presented to the recipient following the holiday bowl season. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates’ bowl performances.
The winner will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. The first three winners of the Manning Award were Matt Leinart of USC (2005), Vince Young of Texas (2006) and JaMarcus Russell of LSU in 2007.
Finalists for the Manning Award will be announced prior to the beginning of the bowl schedule.