Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong has been named to the Manning Award Watch List on Thursday.
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 junior, Armstrong has started 21 times in his career and racked up 3,400 total yards last year on the ground and through the air. A former four-star prospect out of Texas, Armstrong set sophomore records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense in 2014.
Armstrong is one of three Big Ten quarterbacks on the watch list. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 25. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 13.
With a new coaching staff at Nebraska, the slate was cleared for all players last spring. It allowed for Armstrong to work with multiple receivers and in the process build a chemistry with more guys.
“Actually our chemistry has been a lot better because we have been able to rotate a lot with those guys," said Armstrong in the spring. We aren’t strictly with a couple receivers. We have a certain period where we throw with each and every receiver.”