Manning Award names 4 SEC QBs among 11 finalists
Finalists for the Manning Award were announced on Friday and four SEC quarterbacks made the group of 11.
Georgia’s Stetson Bennett, Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker, Mississippi State’s Will Rogers and Alabama’s Bryce Young were all named finalists.
“We have an exceptional group of quarterbacks as our finalists for this year’s Manning Award,” said Archie Manning. “These young men have shown they can do it all on the football field. And most importantly, they win. Five will be playing for conference championships this weekend and all 11 have their teams headed to bowl games this year.”
Hooker threw for 3,136 yards with 27 touchdowns and two interceptions for the Volunteers and was the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy 10 weeks into the season. Unfortunately Hooker’s season ended early with a torn ACL against South Carolina.
Rogers led the SEC in passing with 3,713 yards. He also had 34 touchdowns with just six interceptions. Young, the 2021 Heisman winner, passed the 3,000-yard mark (3,007) and added 27 touchdowns and five picks.
Bennett might be the sentimental favorite among the bunch. A former walk-on now a 25-year-old super senior, Bennett threw for 3,151 yards and 16 touchdowns with an additional seven touchdowns on the ground. He has led Georgia to consecutive 12-0 regular seasons.