NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs is one of 30 signal callers named to the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s preseason 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.
Dobbs played in five games for the Vols last season and finished with a 4-1 record, including a win in the TaxSlayer Bowl against Iowa.
During those five games, Tennessee averaged 36.7 points per game and racked up 431 yards of offense per contest. In six appearances overall, the Alpharetta, Georgia, native compiled 1,675 yards of total offense -an average of 279 per game – and was responsible for 17 touchdowns (nine passing, eight rushing). Dobbs threw for 1,206 yards on 112-of-177 passing while rushing for 469 yards.
With The Manning Award announcement, Dobbs is now listed as a preseason candidate for five major college football awards: The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List (recognizing the nation’s best college quarterback), the Weurffel Trophy Watch List (college football’s premier award for community service), the Maxwell Award Watch List (America’s college player of the year) and as a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® (recognizing superior commitment to community service).
In 2011, Tyler Bray named to the watch list for the Manning Award, marking the last time a Tennessee quarterback was given the preseason distinction.
The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 25. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 13.