Aug. 8, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn senior quarterback Brandon Cox has been named to the 2007 Manning Award Watch List, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Wednesday. Cox is one of 35 quarterbacks nationwide to be named to the watch list for the award honoring the nation's top quarterback.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning, and 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.
Cox is entering his third year as the starting quarterback for Auburn this fall. Cox, who has a 19-5 career record as a starter, ranks second in Auburn history in passing efficiency (137.90), third in yards per attempt (8.0), fourth in completion percentage (.592), fifth with 33 touchdown passes and sixth in lowest interception percentage (.031), passing yardage (4,879) and pass completions (362).
The winner will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. The three previous winners of the Manning Award were Matt Leinart of USC in 2004, Vince Young of Texas in 2005 and JaMarcus Russell of LSU in 2006.
Finalists for the award will be announced prior to the beginning of the bowl season.