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Aug. 2, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina senior quarterback Connor Shaw earned placement on another award watch list, picking up a spot on the Manning Award list, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The current South Carolina leader in career pass-completion percentage, Shaw stands ninth in career pass completions (300) and seventh in career passing touchdowns (32). He enters 2013 with a 17-3 record all-time as a starting quarterback, ranking as one of two Gamecocks in history with 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in a career alongside Jeff Grantz. Twice a 2013 SEC Offensive Player of the Week, Shaw and the Gamecocks posted an 11-2 record last season, with the Flowery Branch, Ga., native setting a school record with a 67.5 percent completion rate.

Shaw stands among five SEC signal callers who made the 30-man list, which came from ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating from last year. The system measures a quarterback’s contributions to scoring on each play (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles and penalties), accounting for game context (down, distance, yard line, time remaining and score) and adjusting for opponent strength.

The winner will still be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings. 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 candidate’s bowl performances in its balloting. The 10 finalists will be released on Wed., Nov. 27, with the winner announced on Wed., Jan. 8. This is the 10th season for the Manning Award.

South Carolina opens its fall practice this evening in preparation for the Thurs., Aug. 29 opener against North Carolina. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. EDT against the Tar Heels, with ESPN televising the game nationally.

Manning Award Watch List

David Ash, Texas
Blake Bortles, UCF
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette
Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Rakeem Cato, Marshall
Kain Colter, Northwestern
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
David Fales, San Jose State
Brett Hundley, UCLA
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
Logan Kilgore, Middle Tennessee State
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Stephen Morris, Miami (Fla.)
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Bryn Renner, North Carolina
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Brett Smith, Wyoming
Joe Southwick, Boise State
Eric Soza, Texas-San Antonio
Bo Wallace, Mississippi