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Kaepernick named to Manning Award Watch List
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Pitman High grad and University of Nevada, Reno senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick
Pitman High grad and University of Nevada, Reno senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named to the official Watch List for the Manning Award, which is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Manning Award Watch List is being announced one player at a time, in random order, via Twitter ( and Facebook ( He is one of 33 players on the Watch List and one of five quarterbacks from the WAC, which ties the ACC and Pac-10 for most players from a conference on the Manning Award Watch List.

Kaepernick is entering his fourth season as a starter and is a two-time All-WAC selection as well as the 2008 WAC Offensive Player of the Year. He is currently ranked in the NCAA’s top 15 in career rushing yards by a quarterback and in career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. He needs roughly 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 passing yards to become just the second player in college football history to throw for 8,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a career.

He has thrown for at least 2,000 yards in each of his three seasons and he is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder has also been named to the Watch Lists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Maxwell Award and the Johnny Unitas Award.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. Ten finalists will be selected in late-November and the winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.

The preseason Watch List recognizes some of the top quarterbacks in the nation based on previous collegiate performance, however, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Nov. 29. The winner will be announced on Jan. 19, 2011.

The Manning Award will be recognizing its seventh winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor — he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Last year's winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history. McCoy was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the 2010 NFL Draft.