University of Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham  was named to the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Wednesday.

The list includes 32 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2021 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
 
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.

Entering his third season as a starter, Cunningham has thrown for 5,155 career yards and 43 touchdowns in his career, which ranks 10th and seventh, respectively, on UofL’s all-time list. He ranks second all-time in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
 
The native of Montgomery, Ala., set career highs last season in passing yards with 2,615 and tossed 20 touchdowns. He finished second on the team with 609 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, while posting a pair of 100-yard rushing contests. He rushed for a career best 197 yards at Virginia and added 133 in a loss at Boston College.
 
Through the air, Cunningham threw for a season high 350 yards and three touchdowns versus Virginia Tech and opened the year with 343 yards and three scores against Western Kentucky.
 
The redshirt junior completed 64.1 percent of his throws and became the first quarterback in school history with four 75-yard touchdown passes in a career.
 
Inclusion on the Watch List is not necessary for the quarterbacks to be selected for the honor. Additional quarterbacks are expected to be added to the Watch List during the season. Finalists will be selected prior to the postseason and the winner will be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
 
This year’s Watch List includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The ACC leads the way with five selections, while the Big 12 and the Sun Belt have four each. The AAC, Big Ten, MAC, Pac-12 and the SEC each have three selections. Both the senior class and the junior class have 13 quarterbacks on the list while the sophomore class has six.
 
Six of last year’s Manning Award finalists are included on this year’s Watch List: Matt Corral (Ole Miss), Dillon Gabriel (UCF), Sam Howell (North Carolina), Grayson McCall (Coastal Carolina), Brock Purdy (Iowa State) and Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati).
 
2021 Manning Award Preseason Watch List (2020 stats)
 

Name, Class, SchoolCmp-AttPct.YardsTDINTQBRRushing
Cornelius Brown, So., Georgia State178-30458.62,278171056.7301 yds, 7 TDs
Sean Clifford, Jr., Penn State152-25160.61,88316969.1335 yds, 3 TDs
Matt Corral, Jr., Ole Miss231-32670.93,337291489.9506 yds, 4 TDs
Dustin Crum, Sr., Kent State83-11373.51,18112288.5240 yds, 4 TDs
Malik Cunningham, Sr., Louisville195-30464.12,617201278.5609 yds, 7 TDs
Jayden Daniels, Jr., Arizona State76-15258.37015187.1223 yds, 4 TDs
JT Daniels, Jr., Georgia80-11967.21,231102NANA
Max Duggan, Jr., TCU146-24060.81,79510468.9526 yds, 10 TDs
Kaleb Eleby, Jr., Western Michigan99-15364.71,71518278.14 TDs
Dillon Gabriel, Jr., UCF248-41360.03,57032478169 yds, 2 TDs
Chase Garbers, Sr., Cal85-13662.57716357.12 TDs
Frank Harris, Sr., UTSA159-25063.61,63012662.3528 yds, 9 TDs
Layne Hatcher, Jr., Arkansas State116-19459.82,05819269.7NA
Sam Howell, Jr., North Carolina237-34868.13,58630779.3146 yds, 5 TDs
Phil Jurkovec, Jr., Boston College205-33661.02,55817571.3150 yds, 3 TDs
D’Eriq King, Sr., Miami211-32964.12,68623578538 yds, 4 TDs
Levi Lewis, Sr., UL Lafayette177-29759.62,27419767.7335 yds, 5 TDs
Grayson McCall, So., Coastal Carolina172-25068.82,48826382.2569 yds, 7 TDs
Graham Mertz, So., Wisconsin118-19361.11,2389560.62 TDs
Bo Nix, Jr., Auburn214-35759.92,41512773.1388 yds, 7 TDs
Michael Penix, Jr., Indiana124-22056.41,64514467.72 TDs
Kenny Pickett, Sr., Pittsburgh203-33261.12.40813960.9145 yds, 8 TDs
Drew Plitt, Sr., Ball State164-25065.62,15417662.449 yds, 4 TDs
Michael Pratt, So., Tulane140-25455.11,80620853.2229 yds, 8 TDs
Brock Purdy, Sr., Iowa State243-36566.62,75019978.8382 yds, 5 TDs
Spencer Rattler, So., Oklahoma214-31767.53,03128781.2160 yds, 6 TDs
Desmond Ridder, Sr., Cincinnati186-28166.22,29619680.9592 yds, 12 TDs
Kedon Slovis, Jr., USC177-26467.01,92117775.7NA
Nick Starkel, Sr., San Jose State163-25464.22,17417768.8NA
Carson Strong, So., Nevada249-35570.12,85827466.1NA
Skylar Thompson, Sr., Kansas State40-6462.562640NA3 TDs
Malik Willis, Sr., Liberty170-26564.22,26020678.7944 yds, 14 TDs
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