The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is the only national quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances. The winner will be announced Jan. 14 and honored at a banquet in New Orleans.
It is the second national quarterback award to name Dan LeFevour as a finalist. He also is one of five finalists for the Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the nation's top senior quarterback.
LeFevour has completed 257-of-362 passes (71.0 percent) for 2,788 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2009. He also has rushed for 650 yards and 14 touchdowns in leading the Chippewas (10-2 overall, 8-0 Mid-American Conference) to the 2009 MAC Championship Game.
The Chippewas have won at least 10 games in a season for just the fifth time in program history. CMU also completed its first unbeaten, untied MAC regular season in 2009.
LeFevour enters the conference championship game with 146 career touchdowns (99 passing, 46 rushing, one receiving), tied for the most of any player in Bowl Subdivision history. He ranks third in Bowl Subdivision history with 15,140 career yards of total offense, and he is the only player in any division in NCAA history with at least 12,000 career passing yards and 2,500 career rushing yards.
LeFevour holds Mid-American Conference records for total offense (15,140 yards), passing yards (12,255), completions (1,110) and attempts (1,669), and he is one touchdown pass shy of matching Chad Pennington's conference record of 100.
Central Michigan will face Ohio (9-3 overall, 7-1 MAC) in the MAC Championship Game on Friday at 8 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit. ESPN2 will televise the contest.
2009 Manning Award Finalists
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
Andy Dalton, TCU
Max Hall, BYU
Case Keenum, Houston
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
Colt McCoy, Texas
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Tony Pike, Cincinnati
Tim Tebow, Florida
LeFevour Named Finalist for Manning Award
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