Davis On Manning Award Watch List
Aug. 16, 2011
NEW ORLEANS, La. –East Carolina senior quarterback Dominique Davis has been named to the Manning Award Watch List, according to an announcement by the Allstate Sugar Bowl Monday evening. The award, which was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning, has been presented annually since 2005.
This is the fourth watch list Davis has made heading into the 2011 campaign as he earned a place on the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Trophy charts. In addition, he is a Preseason All-Conference USA pick (fourth-team) by Phil Steele Magazine and a Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-America selection as well as being labeled by Lindy’s Magazine as the “6th-best NFL talent” in C-USA and the league’s “Coolest In The Clutch.”
Davis turned in a record-breaking season in 2010 during his first year with the Pirates after transferring from Fort Scott Community College. He was named the C-USA Newcomer-of-the-Year by league head coaches in addition to the Rivals.com C-USA MVP, C-USA Offensive MVP and a First-Team All-C-USA pick. Davis was also a second-team all-league honoree by Phil Steele Magazine.
A year ago, the Lakeland, Fla., native established East Carolina single-season records in touchdown passes (37), attempts (609), completions (393), passing yards (3,967), passing yards per game (305.2), total offensive plays (688), total offensive yardage (4,108) and total offensive yards per game (316.0). The TD tosses were the sixth most in a year by a Conference USA quarterback while the attempts and completions were the second and third most, respectively, by a C-USA signal caller in a year.
At the FBS level, Davis was one of only four quarterbacks to average more than 300 passing yards per game. He ended the year leading all FBS players in completions per game (30.2), stood second in points per game responsible for (21.4) and third in touchdown passes.
Davis joins Houston’s Case Keenum, SMU’s Kyle Padron, Southern Miss’ Austin Davis and Tulsa’s G.J. Kinne as Conference USA representatives on the watch list. The league joined the Big 12 and Pac-12 as the only three conferences with five quarterbacks recognized.
The Manning Award Watch List candidates were chosen based on previous collegiate performance, however, every quarterback in the nation remains eligible for the honor. Additional signal callers may be added after the start of the season. Ten finalists will be released Monday, Nov. 28 with the winner announced Wednesday, Jan. 18.