Tampa Bay Sports Day

USF: Flowers Named to Manning Award Watch List

TAMPA – Senior quarterback Quinton Flowers has added a fifth national award watch list to his growing resume as he has been named to the Manning Award Watch List.
 
Flowers is the first Bull ever named to five preseason national award watch lists, having also been named to watch lists for the Maxwell, Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien, and Johnny Unitas awards.

The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2017 season. The winner will be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
 
USF, which was selected the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference by conference media and ranked No. 21 in the Preseason Amway Coaches Poll, now has eight Bulls named to 14 national award watch lists.
 
Flowers, the 2016 American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, is one of two players from The American named to the Manning list, joining Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson. He and Florida State’s Deondre Francois are the only players competing for universities in the state of Florida named to the Manning watch list. Flowers and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson were the only two players in FBS football to amass more than 1,500 yards rushing and 2,000 yards passing last season.
 
USF’s eight players on 14 national award watch lists are: senior quarterback Quinton Flowers (Maxwell, Walter Camp, Manning, O’Brien & Unitas), senior punter Jonathan Hernandez (Ray Guy), senior running back D’Ernest Johson (Hornung), senior cornerback Deatrick Nichols (Bednarik, Nagurski & Thorpe), senior center Cameron Ruff (Rimington), senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez (Nagurski & Wuerffel), senior defensive lineman Deadrin Senat (Nagurski & Outland) and sophomore tight end Mitchell Wilcox (Mackey).
 
Flowers heads into his senior season among seven starters returning from a school-record shattering 2016 USF offense that ranked fourth in the nation scoring 43.8 points per game and 11th with 511.5 yards per game. Flowers set USF season records rushing for 1,530 yards and 18 touchdowns, accounting for 4,342 total yards and logging 42 total touchdowns. He completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,812 yards and 24 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. He ranked 10th in the nation in total offense per game (334.0 ypg) in 2016. He joined 2016 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award winner Lamar Jackson (Louisville) as the only two players in college football to throw for over 2,000 yards and run for over 1,500 yards last year, with Flowers becoming the first player in state of Florida FBS history to break the 2,000/1,000 marks.