Middle Tennessee sophomore quarterback Brent Stockstill is one of 30 quarterbacks nationally who has been named to the 2016 Manning Award Watch List released by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Monday. The winner will be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
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.
This marks the third watch list for Stockstill this summer. The signal-caller is also on the Davey O’Brien Watch List and the Maxwell Award Watch List.
Stockstill, who was invited and participated in the Manning Passing Academy this past summer, was named Freshman All-American by Athlon Sports in 2015, when he also earned C-USA Freshman of the Year honors. In just one season, the southpaw became Middle Tennessee’s all-time leader in 300-yard passing games with eight and he already ranks ninth on the all-time passing list with 4,046 yards. Stockstill also ranks tied for eighth in touchdown passes with 30.
Stockstill started all 13 games as a redshirt freshman. He finished the year having completed 327-of-490 passes for 4,005 yards and 30 touchdowns. He fell just 53 yards shy of breaking Jameis Winston’s NCAA freshman passing record (4,057). Stockstill’s 327 completions set a new NCAA freshman completions record, and he was one of 12 players nationally to throw for more than 4,000 yards.
Stockstill finished the season ranked among the Top 15 nationally in five categories: completions per game (6th), passing yards (12th), passing touchdowns (12th), completion percentage (14th) and total offense (15th). The prolific passer set single-season Blue Raider records for completions, attempts, passing yards, passing touchdowns and 300-yard passing games