Manning Award
Awarded forThe collegiate American football quarterback adjudged to be the best in the United States
CountryUnited States
Presented bySugar Bowl Committee
First winnerMatt Leinart
Most winsDeshaun Watson (2)
Most recentJayden Daniels, LSU

The Manning Award has been presented annually since the 2004 football season to the collegiate American football quarterback as judged by the Sugar Bowl Committee to be the best in the United States. It is the only quarterback award that includes each candidate's postseason-bowl performance in its balloting.[1]

The award is named in honor of former University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) quarterback Archie Manning and his quarterback sons Peyton and Eli. Archie was also the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Peyton was a star quarterback at the University of Tennessee as well as with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos of the NFL. Eli was also a star quarterback at Ole Miss and was the quarterback of the NFL's New York Giants. Both Peyton and Eli were All-America selections during their college careers and both led their respective professional teams to 2 Super Bowl championships (Peyton with the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI and with the Broncos in Super Bowl 50, and Eli with the New York Giants in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI). Both won the Super Bowl MVP award, Eli twice. Archie was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Each of the award winners has gone on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, except Colt McCoy, who won the award following the 2009 season and was a third-round selection, and Stetson Bennett, who went in the 4th round. Deshaun Watson is the only player to win the award twice, for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.


Winners (from left) Vince Young, Colt McCoy, and Baker Mayfield
Season Player Team Ref.
2004 Matt Leinart USC [1]
2005 Vince Young Texas [1]
2006 JaMarcus Russell LSU [1]
2007 Matt Ryan Boston College [1]
2008 Tim Tebow Florida [1]
2009 Colt McCoy Texas (2) [1]
2010 Cam Newton Auburn [1]
2011 Robert Griffin III Baylor [1]
2012 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M [1]
2013 Jameis Winston Florida State [1]
2014 Marcus Mariota Oregon [1]
2015 Deshaun Watson Clemson [1]
2016 Deshaun Watson (2) Clemson (2) [1]
2017 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma [1]
2018 Kyler Murray Oklahoma (2) [1]
2019 Joe Burrow LSU (2) [2]
2020 Mac Jones Alabama [3]
2021 Bryce Young Alabama (2) [1]
2022 Stetson Bennett Georgia [1]
2023 Jayden Daniels LSU (3) [4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Manning Award. Allstate Sugar Bowl official website. Retrieved August 8, 2011]
  2. ^ "Joe Burrow adds Manning Award to 2019 hardware haul". 29 January 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Team, WDSU Digital (January 19, 2021). "Mac Jones Follows National Championship by Winning Manning Award". WDSU.
  4. ^ "Jayden Daniels Becomes Third LSU Quarterback to Win Manning Award". Allstate Sugar Bowl official website. 23 January 2024. Retrieved January 23, 2024.

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