Aug. 16, 2011
Tennessee sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray is one of three SEC quarterbacks and 31 overall selected to the Manning Award watch list, an honor that recognizes the nation's top quarterback.
The Manning Award, created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of former Vol great Peyton, his father Archie and his brother Eli, marks the third preseason watch list that bears Bray's name.
The Kingsburg, Calif., native has also been selected to watch lists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Maxwell Award. The Maxwell Award, which also features senior tailback Tauren Poole on its watch list, honors the most outstanding player in the country.
One of just five sophomores eligible for the Manning Award, Bray completed 125-of-224 pass attempts for 1,849 passing yards and 18 touchdowns in 2010 to set UT freshman records in each category. In five starts, Bray earned three SEC Freshman of the Week awards and was one of just two quarterbacks in the league to record four 300-yard passing performances last season.
In 2006, Erik Ainge became UT's first semifinalist for the Manning Award.
The list of 10 finalists for the eighth Manning Award will be released Nov. 28. The winner will be announced Jan. 18 at a ceremony in New Orleans.