Austin Davis named to Manning Award watch list

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis was announced as one of 31 quarterbacks to be named to the preseason watch list for The Manning Award, which recognizes the top quarterback in collegiate football.

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, will announce its winner after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

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.

The preseason Watch List recognizes 31 of the top quarterbacks in the nation based on previous collegiate performance, however, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Monday, Nov. 28. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 18.