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NDSU’s Trey Lance named to Manning Award watch list

NEW ORLEANS — The 2020 preseason watch list for the Manning Award was announced on Thursday and a familiar name made the list. North Dakota State University quarterback and Marshall native Trey Lance was among the names of the list that features 30 of the top college quarterbacks in the nation.

The Manning Award, named in honor of the accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the players’ bowl game performances in the ballot. The winner will be chosen by a panel of national media along with the Mannings after the bowl games are completed.

Lance, who will be a sophomore, had an electric season last year, leading the FCS with a pass efficiency rating of 180.6 (school-record) as well as setting the NCAA all-divisions record for most passing attempts in a season without an interception at 287. He threw 28 touchdowns, rushed for 14 more along with 1,100 yards on the ground and recorded 3,886 yards of total offense (school-record) on his way to leading NDSU to a 16-0 season and a National Championship. Lance was also named the 2019 Walter Payton Award and Jerry Rice Award winner for being the top offensive player and freshman of the year in the FCS, respectively.

This season’s watch list features players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, including five finalists from last year’s Manning Award ballot: Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Minnesota’s Tanner Morgan, Florida’s Kyle Trask and Memphis’ Brady White.

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