Tyler Huntley Named Finalist For Manning Award
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley has been named a finalist for the Manning Award.
The 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 takes the candidates’ bowl performance into consideration in its balloting.
They will announce the winner of the award in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans, Louisiana. Huntley is among 11 other finalists for the award and is the first finalist for the Utes since Brian Johnson in 2008.
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Huntley is currently fifth in the country in ESPN’s Total QBR and is second in FBS in completion percentage. The senior is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Davey O’Brien award and is also a Heisman Trophy candidate.
This season, Huntley is 188-of-249 passing for 2,773 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding 74 carries for 255 rushing yards and five rushing scores. It is the second time in his career that he has passed for over 2,000 yards in a season and it is the most passing yards by a Ute in a single season since 2008.
Huntley has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week twice and has thrown for over 200 yards in nine games this season, including two 300-yard performances against UCLA and Washington State. Of Utah’s 12 games this season, he has only thrown under a 70-percent completion rate twice and has thrown for over 80-percent in four games.
Utah will face No. 13 Oregon on Friday in the Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The game will kickoff at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ABC.
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