The Big 12 continues to make a strong showing in the race for the college football hardware. This week the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced the finalists for the Manning Award, which recognizes college football’s top quarterback this season. Baylor junior quarterback Bryce Petty is one of the 10 finalists in contention for the award.
The college football award season is in full steam as all the major individual award sponsors narrow their list to the best of the best. In addition to Petty, the 10 Manning Award finalists are a very impressive and highly competitive group: Derek Carr of Fresno State, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, Tajh Boyd of Clemson, Florida State freshman James Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariotta, Aaron Murray of Georgia, Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois and AJ McCarron of top-ranked Alabama.
To be voted the best on that list will truly be a prestigious honor.
Petty’s numbers this season speak for themselves. He has led the nation’s No. 1 offense (56.8 points per game, 682 yards-per-game of total offense). The junior quarterback has completed over 60 percent of his passes and ranks No. 1 in the country in yards per completion (18.62) and fourth in passing yardage per game (335.1).
Petty graduated in May this year, but still has a year of eligibility remaining.
Baylor also had a Manning Award finalist in 2011: Robert Griffin III.
The Manning Award is the only college football quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performance in its selection process. As a result, the award is presented after the completion of the bowl season in January.