BSU's Southwick named to Manning award watch list

BSU's Southwick named to Manning award watch list
Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick (16) drops back to pass in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Boise State senior quarterback Joe Southwick has been named to a second national award watch list in as many days, appearing Friday on the Manning Award preseason watch list.

The Manning Award is given by the Sugar Bowl committee to the nation's top quarterback. The committee listed the top-30 returning division I quarterbacks based on ESPN's QBR rating for its watch list, topped by Texas A&M sophomore Johnny Manziel.

"ESPN has come up with an interesting new statistical measure of quarterbacks so we decided to use the QBR to determine our Watch List," said Archie Manning in a Sugar Bowl press release. "We want to remind everyone that every quarterback in the country remains eligible to win this honor and we're looking forward to seeing how things play out on the field."

Southwick joins fellow Mountain West quarterbacks David Fales (Sr., San Jose St.), Brett Smith (Jr., Wyoming) and Derek Carr (Sr., Fresno St.) on the Manning Award watch list.

Eagle High School graduate and Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly is also on the watch list.

The full list is here.

Thursday, Southwick was listed among those to watch for the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Boise State begins its fall camp Monday, August 5.