Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan of Sayville is on the Watch List for the coveted Manning Award, an honor given to the nation’s top signal caller at the conclusion of the season.
It’s the third watch list honor this preseason for the Badgers standout who set all kinds of school and Long Island records as a four-year starter for the Golden Flashes. He is also in the running for the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell quarterback awards.
Additionally, Coan, who led Wisconsin to a berth in Rose Bowl and a No. 11 ranking in the final AP Top 25 poll last season, was tabbed in May by Pro Football Focus as one of college football’s six “hidden offensive gems” for the 2020 season.
Sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Manning Award is the only college quarterback award that includes the candidates’ performances in bowl games. The award — given in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning — is voted on by a panel that includes national media and each of the Mannings.
The Manning Award Watch List includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Heisman Winner and National Champion Joe Burrow of LSU earned the award last season.
“It sure has been a unique offseason, but we’re still looking forward to the prospect of seeing a great group of quarterbacks compete this year,” Archie Manning said. “Our Watch List is once again an exceptional group of candidates, but every year is a new year and we’ll be watching closely to add the best newcomers to the list after we get things rolling.”
Wisconsin finished last season, 10-4, losing to No. 5 Oregon, 28-27, in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Coan started every game behind center, throwing for more than 2,700 yards with 17 touchdown passes.