Sophomore QB Eli Manning has been named as one of 12 national semifinalists for the 2001 Davey O'Brien Award, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback.
Manning is one of two sophomores to be listed among the 12 semifinalists. The O'Brien Advisory Committee, composed of national sportswriters and commentators, will vote again later this month to trim the list to three finalists, which will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 27.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation earlier listed Manning as one of the 10 leading candidates for its prestigious "Player of the Year" award, which is the fourth oldest individual college football award in the country.
NOTING ELI (MANNING):
• Ranks in the top 10 nationally in TD-to-INT ratio (1st), completions per game (7th), TD passes (T-7th), completion percentage (8th), passing yards per game (9th), passing efficiency (9th) and points responsible for (9th).
• Recorded his second 300-yard passing game of the season against Arkansas, completing 27-of-42 for 312 yards and six TDs.
• 23 TD passes this season breaks the school single-season record of 18 set by Charlie Conerly in 1947 and Romaro Miller in 2000. Stewart Patridge (1996-1997).
• The six TD passes breaks his own school single-game record of five set in the season opener against Murray State on Sept. 1.
• Has thrown 12 TD passes in the last three games against Middle Tennessee (10/20), LSU (10/27) and Arkansas (11/3) to break his own school record for TD passes in a three-game span. His previous mark was nine from last year's Music City Bowl through the first two games of 2001.
• Has completed at least 20 passes in 7-of-8 games this season. The only game in which he did not reach 20 completions was at Kentucky on Sept. 29, when he completed 19-of-36 passes for 268 yards.
• Has thrown multi-TD passes in 6-of-8 games this season, and in 7-of-9 games since last December's Music City Bowl.
• Sophomore QB Eli Manning was listed as one of the top 100 college players in the country in ESPN.com's, The Blitz midseason rankings. He was 11th among quarterbacks on the list.
Sophomore QB Eli Manning (New Orleans, La.) has set four Ole Miss single-season or career marks this season and is closing in on several others. In addition, through eight games this season, Manning holds the highest single-season completion percentage (64.9) and pass efficiency rating (155.5) in school history among passers with a minimum of 120 passing attempts. The 155.5 efficiency rating is nearly 20 points higher than the current school single-season record of 136.4 set by Glynn Griffing in 1962 (Manning has also attempted 163 more passes than Griffing's total of 122 in 1962). The following is a list of single-season and career records set by Manning this season, and marks he is chasing:
• 23 TD passes this season breaks the school single-season record of 18 set by Charlie Conerly in 1947 and Romaro Miller in 2000.
• Has at least one TD pass in nine consecutive games dating back to last December's Music City Bowl, breaking the school record of eight set by his father, Archie Manning (1968-1970), and Romaro Miller (1997-2000).
• Has thrown for at least 200 yards in all eight games this season, setting a school record for consecutive 200-yard passing games.
• Set a school record with six straight games of at least 250 yards passing during the season's first six games.
• Two, 300-yard passing games this season is one shy of Stewart Patridge's school single-season record of three set in 1997.
• The two 300-yard passing games is also one shy of the school career record of three held by Archie Manning (1968-1970), Romaro Miller (1997-2000) and Stewart Patridge (1996-1997).
• Is third on the school's single-season list for completions with 185, 43 shy of Stewart Patridge's record of 228 set in 1997.
• Ranks fourth on the Ole Miss single-season list for passing yards with 2,216. He is 451 yards shy of Stewart Patridge's 1997 record of 2,667.
• Is currently sixth on the Ole Miss single-season list for total offense with 2,223 yards. He needs 336 yards of total offense to tie the single-season record of 2,559 set by Stewart Patridge in 1997.