Grothe Named to Manning Award Watch List

August 09, 2007
By  USF
Matt Grothe
Matt Grothe
J. Meric

TAMPA, Fla. – University of South Florida sophomore Matt Grothe was named to the Manning Award Watch List on Thursday.

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.

Grothe burst onto the national scene in 2006 as true-freshman when he guided USF to a 9-4 record and was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.  His 2,576 passing yards, 622 rushing yards, 3,198 total yards and nine rushing TDs are all USF freshman records for a quarterback.

Grothe is one of three BIG EAST quarterbacks on the list. He is joined by Louisville’s Brian Brohm and West Virginia’s Pat White.  A total of 35 quarterbacks are on the list.

Grothe has also been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the most outstanding college player, regardless of position.

The winner will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings.

Previous winners were Matt Leinart (2004), Vince Young (2005) and JaMarcus Russell (2006).

“We have another talented group of quarterbacks to watch from coast to coast,” Archie Manning said. “We’ve had some phenomenal players earn this award so far and this year should be no exception.”

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