Missouri junior QB Blaine Gabbert is on another award watch list. One day after being named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, Gabbert has also been named a candidate for the Manning Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top collegiate quarterback.
Gabbert led Mizzou to eight wins as a first-year starter in 2009, where he threw for 3,593 yards and 24 touchdowns while helping guide one of the youngest teams in the country to eight wins and a Texas Bowl berth.
“The Manning family is like the first family of quarterbacks, to be considered for the award is a real honor,” Gabbert said. “But I know it’s only pre-season, and that we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us as a team to reach our goals, so that’s what my focus is on,” he said.
Prior to the 2004 college football season, 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 college football quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates’ bowl performances; therefore, it is presented annually following the completion of the bowl season.