Rudy Carpenter Named to Manning Award Watch List

Aug. 8, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State junior quarterback Rudy Carpenter was one of 35 quarterbacks from around the country named to the Manning Award watch list, according to an announcement by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Wednesday.

Presented annually to the top quarterback in college football, the Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.

One of the nation's top passers, Carpenter enters the 2007 season having started ASU's last 18 games since taking over as the fulltime starter midway through the 2005 season when he became the first freshman ever to lead the nation in passing efficiency. Among junior quarterbacks in the country, Carpenter currently ranks second in both career touchdown passes (40) and career pass efficiency (150.51), fourth in career passing yards (4,796) and sixth in career completion percentage (.607). In addition, his seven career 300-yard passing games are more than any other active quarterback in the Pac-10 Conference.

The winner of the Manning Award will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.

'We have another talented group of quarterbacks to watch from coast to coast,' Archie Manning said. 'We've had some phenomenal players earn this award so far and this year should be no exception.'

Finalists for the award will be announced prior to the beginning of the bowl season and the award will be presented to the recipient following the holiday bowl season. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.

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