Thompson-Robinson Named to Manning/CFPA Watch Lists
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was named to watch lists for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Performer of the Year Trophy on Monday.
Last season, Thompson-Robinson led the Pac-12 in pass efficiency rating (153.9), total offense (274.4 yards/g), points responsible for (182), passing yards per completion (13.69) and passing yards per pass attempt (8.51). He also rated No. 10 in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (55.36). Thompson-Robinson has moved into the Top Five at UCLA in career passing yards, career completions and career TD passes heading into the 2022 campaign. He totaled over 300 yards of offense in 2021 games against Fresno State (345), Arizona State (330), Colorado (355) and USC (395). In that USC contest, he ran for two scores and passed for four more. Thompson-Robinson was named first-team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press.
In 2020, Thompson-Robinson posted a pass efficiency rating of 156.29 which was the highest by a Bruin starting quarterback since 2005. He became the first Bruin to rush for at least 100 yards (109) and pass for at least 300 yards (303) in the same game (at Colorado). Thompson-Robinson completed 30 of his 36 passing attempts against USC that season for an .833 completion percentage which was the highest mark by any Bruin signal caller in a game with at least 30 passing attempts. He tossed a season-high four touchdowns in contests against both Colorado and USC. Thompson-Robinson rushed for 306 yards on the season with a 5.6 yards per attempt average. The league coaches named him to the second-team All-Pac-12 squad.
In 2019, Thompson-Robinson established a new school record with 564 yards of total offense in a come-from-behind win at Washington State. He joined Josh Rosen, Cade McNown and Brett Hundley as the only Bruins to record multiple 400-yard total offense games for their careers.
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. Finalists will be selected prior to the postseason and the winner will be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship. The 2022 CFPA National Performer of the Year will be announced January 13, 2023.
Thompson-Robinson and the Bruins open the 2022 season with three straight non-conference home contests. The journey begins on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Rose Bowl Stadium in a 11:30 a.m. PT kickoff that airs on Pac-12 Network. A Sept. 10 visit by Alabama State follows, with the Pac-12 Network-televised matchup slated for a 2 p.m. start. Pac-12 Network also provides coverage of the Sept. 17 battle with South Alabama, beginning at 11 a.m. For information on 2022 UCLA football season tickets, CLICK HERE.