Already the ACC Player of the Year and a finalist for the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Walter Camp Awards (along with being on the Heisman ballot), Pitt’s Kenny Pickett might be losing track of just how many awards he’s in the running for.
Well, it’s time to add another potential award to the list. Pickett is a finalist for the 2021 Manning Award, which is the only national quarterback award that takes bowl game statistics into consideration.
Manning Award finalists:
Brennan Armstrong, Virginia
Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
Kenny Pickett, Pitt
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Will Rogers, Mississippi State
Carson Strong, Nevada
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
Bryce Young, Alabama
Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 3, 2021
With 4,066 passing yards and 40 touchdown passes this season, Pickett has been one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football this season. He’s fifth in passing yards, tied for second in passing touchdowns and his 166.71 passing efficiency is eighth-best in the NCAA.
With Pitt playing in the ACC championship game against Wake Forest on Saturday, and a potential high-profile bowl game to follow, Pickett still has two chances to add to his gaudy stat totals.
Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong, Ole Miss’s Matt Corral, Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, Mississippi State’s Will Rogers, Nevada’s Carson Strong, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, Alabama’s Bryce Young and Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe are also in contention for the Manning Award.
A panel of local and national media members, along with Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, will vote upon the winner at the conclusion of the 2021-22 football season.