Dorian Thompson-Robinson lands on Manning Award watch list
The Manning Award announced its preseason watch list on Monday. The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2022 season.
UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson is among them.
The fifth-year quarterback for the Bruins is one of only two Pac-12 quarterbacks on the list — joining Utah’s Cameron Rising.
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.
— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) August 22, 2022
Inclusion on the watch list is not necessary for the quarterbacks to be selected for the award at the end of the year. Additional quarterbacks are expected to be added throughout the season. Finalists will be selected prior to the postseason and the winner will be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Thompson-Robinson elected to use his extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA to return for a fifth year with the Bruins and coach Chip Kelly. Last season, he turned in his best performance yet, spearheading an 8-4 season that was punctuated by a drubbing of USC at the LA Coliseum.
The Las Vegas native led the Pac-12 in passer efficiency rating (153.9) and total offense (274.4 yards per game). He also finished 13th nationally in Total QBR (79.0).
Thompson-Robinson and the Bruins open the new season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green in the Rose Bowl at 11:30 a.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.
The full Manning Award watch list can be found here.