FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas senior Tyler Wilson is one of five SEC quarterbacks featured on the Manning Award Watch List, it was announced Monday.
Wilson, a Manning Award finalist last season, is the only Razorback in school history to be named first-team All-SEC quarterback. He earned that honor in 2011 after leading Arkansas to a school-record-tying 11 wins in his first season as a starter. The Greenwood, Ark., native holds nine school records, including career completion percentage, and has produced three of the top-five single-game completions marks in school history. He also ranks in the top 10 in school history in career touchdown passes, career pass completions and career pass attempts.
He finished the 2011 season 277-of-438 passing for 3,638 yards, leading the SEC with an average of 279.8 per game, and 24 touchdowns with six interceptions, becoming just the second Razorback to pass for 3,000 yards in a season and leading the SEC with the eighth-highest single-season passing yards total in conference history. He also led the SEC in total offense per game, completions and pass efficiency rating. Wilson’s attempt-to-interceptions ratio of 1:73 was the third-best in SEC history with a minimum of 300 attempts and the fourth-best in conference history with a minimum of 200 attempts. Last week, he was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List and the first-team quarterback on the SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team.
The complete Manning Award Watch List will include 25 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2012 season. The winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.
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.
The list of 10 finalists will be released on Monday, Nov. 26. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Manning Award will be recognizing its ninth winner this year.