ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) is one of 32 quarterbacks across the country named to the Manning Award Watch List, released Thursday (Aug. 14). The Manning Award was created in 2004 by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.
Gardner, who has also been named to watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award this preseason, earned All-Big Ten honorable mention last season after accounting for 32 touchdowns and more than 3,000 all-purpose yards. He broke U-M single-game records for passing yards and total offense yards by piling up 503 and 584, respectively, in the 63-47 victory over Indiana. He finished the season 208-of-345 passing for 2,960 yards, the second-highest single-season total in U-M history, and 21 touchdowns and rushed 165 times for 483 yards and 11 touchdowns. In his career, Gardner, who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in Afro-American and American studies and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program, is 301-of-504 passing for 4,440 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 658 yards and 20 touchdowns on 244 carries and caught 17 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns.
The winner of the Manning Award, which is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting, will be selected by a voting panel that includes national media and each of the Mannings. Finalists are scheduled to be announced Nov. 26, with the winner named Jan. 14 after the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game.
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