GSU Eagles’ Kevin Ellison Named to Manning Watch List

Kevin Ellison



Kevin Ellison Named to Manning Award Watch List

Georgia Southern’s season opens Sept. 5 at West Virginia

NEW ORLEANS – Georgia Southern quarterback Kevin Ellison has been named to the Manning Award Watch list, announced by the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday.

The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2015 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.

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.

A second-team All-Sun Belt selection a season ago, Ellison, who was twice named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week, registered 1,096 rushing yards to go along with 1,001 passing yards. He rushed for a season-high 159 yards at New Mexico State and rushed for 151 markers against Appalachian State. He totaled 300 yards (184 passing, 116 rushing) at NC State and had 271 (164 passing, 107 rushing) at Georgia Tech.

Ellison was named preseason second-team All-Sun Belt in the league’s coaches’ poll, released Monday. He enters his junior campaign seeking to become the sixth Eagle to rush (1,982) and pass (1,757) for over 2,000 career yards.

Inclusion on the Watch List is not necessary for the quarterbacks to be selected for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced Wed., Oct. 14. The list of 10 finalists will be released Wed., Nov. 25. The winner will be announced Wed., Jan. 13.

In addition to the Manning Award’s yearly honor, each week during the regular season, eight quarterbacks are recognized as Manning Quarterbacks of the Week. Sixty-two players from 58 different schools were honored during the 2014 season.

Georgia Southern won the 2014 Sun Belt title in its first season in the league, finishing 8-0 in the conference and 9-3 overall. The Eagles return 58 lettermen and 13 starters to the 2015 squad and were picked to win the Sun Belt in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s