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Smith named to Manning Award watch list for second consecutive year

Aug 2, 2013 - From staff reports

University of Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith has been named to the 2013 Manning Award watch list.

The announcement was made on Friday by the Manning Award Committee and Allstate Sugar Bowl, sponsor of the Manning Award.

Smith is one of 30 quarterbacks in the nation named to this year's Manning Award Preseason Watch List.

He is one of six Mountain West quarterbacks named to this year's list.

The Mountain West leads all conferences with the most QBs named to this year's Manning Award Watch List.

The SEC is second with five quarterbacks named, and the PAC-12 has four

This year's list of quarterbacks was selected in conjunction with the release of ESPN's new Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) - the top 30 returning quarterbacks according to the QBR make up the Watch List. The winner will still be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.

Based on ESPN's QBR rating, Wyoming's Smith had a ranking of 74.6 from last season, which ranked him 13th in the nation among returning quarterbacks.

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.

"This is always an exciting time of year for college football players, coaches and fans," said Archie Manning. "ESPN has come up with an interesting new statistical measure of quarterbacks so we decided to use the QBR to determine our Watch List, but we want to remind everyone that every quarterback in the country remains eligible to win this honor and we're looking forward to seeing how things play out on the field."

Total QBR measures a quarterback's contributions to scoring on each play (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles, and penalties) accounting for game context (down, distance, yard line, time remaining, and score) and adjusted for opponent strength. It is based on a 0-100 scale and 50 is average.

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