NEW ORLEANS – The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, tabbed Louisiana-Lafayette’s Terrance Broadway and Louisiana-Monroe’s Kolton Browning as two of 30 quarterbacks to the preseason watch list. The announcement was made on Friday.
Last season Broadway was an honorable mention All-Sun Belt selection and LSWA Newcomer of the Year in 2012. He ranked third in the Sun Belt in passing efficiency (153.3), fourth in total offense (277.8), seventh in passing average (218.6) and eighth in rushing
(59.2). He also led the Sun Belt in league games only in total offense (337.9) and passing efficiency (164.6) and was fourth in both passing average (264.2) and rushing (73.6).
Broadway ranked 19th nationally in passing efficiency and 32nd in total offense and had three 100-yard rushing games, each coming in the last four contests. He set the school single-season record for total offense (3,611) and completion percentage (.654)
and was named MVP of the New Orleans Bowl after completing 21-of-32 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown and rushing 15 times for 108 yards and a score.
Browning, a native of Mabank, Texas, garnered second-team All-SBC and All-Louisiana honors in 2012 after a strong season. He started 12 games and finished with 3,049 passing yards, completing 273-of-428 attempts. Both the yards and completions set school
records. Browning etched a spot on the Maxwell Award Watch List during the mid-point of the season.
He tied the single-season program record with 29 touchdown passes and also led the team in rushing attempts (146), yards (488) and touchdowns (seven). Additionally, Browning led the conference in total offense (294.8 ypg), touchdown passes and finished third
in passing yards; his total offense clip ranked 21st in the nation.
Browning finished the 2012 campaign at the top of the career touchdown passing chart with 60 and ranks second in career passing yards (8,084), career passing attempts (1,225), and career pass completions (751).
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.
This year's list of quarterbacks was selected in conjunction with the release of ESPN's new Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) - the top 30 returning quarterbacks according to the QBR make up the Watch List. The winner will still be selected by a voting panel,
which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
"This is always an exciting time of year for college football players, coaches and fans," said Archie Manning. "ESPN has come up with an interesting new statistical measure of quarterbacks so we decided to use the QBR to determine our Watch List, but 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."
Total QBR measures a quarterback's contributions to scoring on each play (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles, and penalties) accounting for game context (down, distance, yard line, time remaining, and score) and adjusted for opponent strength. It is based
on a 0-100 scale and 50 is average.
"Total QBR uses all of a quarterback's plays and accounts for the context of the game and quality of the defenses faced," said ESPN Stats & Information Sr. Director Jeff Bennett. "We are excited to bring a more complete rating system to the fans to allow
for fairer comparisons of quarterbacks who play in different types of systems and face various levels of competition. We're pleased that a national award like the Manning Award has seen the value of our new Total QBR for college."
"College football has needed this for a long time," said ESPN College Football Analyst Brad Edwards. "Finally, we have a way to measure the performance of a dual-threat QB against that of a pure passer. I only wish we could go back in time and use it to
see the full impact of guys like Archie Manning, John Elway and Tommie Frazier."