The preseason accolades for Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph continues. The ACC is tied with the SEC for most quarterbacks on the watch list this year.
Francois was the only freshman quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards last season and added five rushing touchdowns, the most for an FSU quarterback since 2003.
Silvers led a Troy offensive attack that paced the Sun Belt averaging 33.7 points and 260.5 passing yards per game last season, while ranking second in total offense with 429.6 yards per game (a mere four overall yards behind Appalachian State).
Over the past 13 years, the Manning Award has been given to some of the top quarterbacks in college football. His 400-yard game came in a regular-season finale win over No. 18/21 Houston, where he finished with 406 passing yards on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds remaining to seal a 48-44 victory.
The Manning Award is presented annually at the end of the season to nation's best quarterback.
It's the third watch list for the Lake Oswego, Ore., native, as he was put on the watch lists for the Maxwell Award (nation's outstanding player) and the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's outstanding quarterback) in July.
In addition to the annual honor, the Manning Award also recognizes the top quarterbacks in the country on a weekly basis. The victor will be selected by a voting panel, including national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowl games. The two Pac-12 stars join 28 other QB's on the list announced Wednesday. The list of 10 finalists will be released on November 30. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Thursday, November 30 and the victor will be announced in the week following the College Football Playoff National Championship.