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Spencer Rattler, Brock Purdy Are on Manning Award Watch List

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Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler and Iowa State’s Brock Purdy were two of five Big 12 quarterbacks named to the 2021 Sugar Bowl Manning Award Watch List, released on Thursday

The watch list revealed the 32 quarterbacks the New Orleans, Louisiana-based award is tracking for the 2021 season. The winner will be announced in January. The Manning is named for former the Manning family of quarterbacks — Archie, Peyton  and Eli. The award is one of the few that takes into account bowl performances, as well as the regular season.

Rattler led the Sooners to the Big 12 Championship last year, despite losing back-to-back games early in the season to Kansas State and Iowa State. After winning the Big 12 title, the Sooners went on to drum Florida in the Cotton Bowl. In many preseason polls, the Sooners are considered a Top  5 team this year. Rattler was an O’Brien semifinalist last season.


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Purdy led the Cyclones to one of their best seasons in history, winning nine games and ending up at the top of the Big 12 standings in the regular season. Despite losing to OU in the Big 12 title game, the Cyclones went on to defeat Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. In most preseason polls the Cyclones are in the Top 10. Purdy is a two-time O’Brien Award semifinalist.

The other two Big 12 quarterbacks on the preseason watch list are TCU’s Max Duggan and Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson, the latter of which is coming off a season-ending injury.  

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2021 Sugar Bowl Manning Award Watch List

(Big 12 Players in Bold)

Cornelious Brown, So., Georgia St.

Sean Clifford, Jr., Penn St.

Matt Corral, Jr., Ole Miss

Dustin Crum, Sr., Kent St.

Malik Cunningham, Sr., Louisville

Jayden Daniels, Jr., Arizona St.

JT Daniels, Jr., Georgia

Max Duggan, Jr., TCU

Kaleb Eleby, Jr., Western Michigan

Dillon Gabriel, Jr., UCF

Chase Garbers, Sr., Cal

Frank Harris, Sr., UTSA

Layne Hatcher, Jr., Arkansas St.

Sam Howell, Jr., North Carolina

Phil Jurkovec, Jr., Boston College

D’Eriq King, Sr., Miami

Levi Lewis, Sr., UL Lafayette

Grayson McCall, So., Coastal Carolina

Graham Mertz, So., Wisconsin

Bo Nix, Jr., Auburn

Michael Penix, Jr., Indiana

Kenny Pickett, Sr., Pittsburgh

Drew Plitt, Sr., Ball St.

Michael Pratt, So., Tulane

Brock Purdy, Sr., Iowa St.

Spencer Rattler, So., Oklahoma

Desmond Ridder, Sr., Cincinnati

Kedon Slovis, Jr., USC

Nick Starkel, Sr., San Jose St.

Carson Strong, So., Nevada

Skylar Thompson, Sr., Kansas St.

Malik Willis, Jr., Liberty

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