Aug. 16, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -
Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III
is one of 31 student-athletes on the initial watch list for the 2011 Manning Award, announced by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. This marks the third consecutive season RG3 has been on the award's preseason watch list.
The Manning Award, now in its seventh year, is given annually to the nation's top collegiate quarterback. The award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.
In addition to the Manning Award watch list, RG3 has already been named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award "players to watch," the Maxwell Award watch list and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Griffin III, a Heisman candidate entering the 2011 season, returned from a knee injury to lead Baylor to the 2010 Texas Bowl; the Bears' first bowl game in 16 seasons. RG3 set or tied 22 school records in 2010, including 3,501 yards and 22 touchdowns, and was an honorable mention selection for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches in his redshirt sophomore campaign. The former All-American track hurdler received his undergraduate degree in political science in December 2010.
The Big 12 Conference has four student-athletes on the preseason watch list. RG3 is joined by Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill.
Ten finalists for the Manning Award will be announced Nov. 28, and the winner will be announced Jan. 18. Six of the seven previous winners of the award went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, including last year's winner and No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton.
Baylor opens the 2011 season with a nationally televised game against TCU on Sept. 2 at Floyd Casey Stadium. The game will be shown on ESPN and kickoff is at 7 p.m. CT. For tickets, call the Baylor Athletics Ticket Office at 254-710-1000.