Manning Award Selects Purdy To Its Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – Iowa State junior quarterback Brock Purdy was added to the preseason Manning Award watch list, announced Thursday by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The Manning Award is given annually to the nation’s best quarterback. It is the only college quarterback award that includes the candidates bowl performances and is presented following the conclusion of the bowl season.

Purdy, who was also named to the Davey O’Brien Award, Maxwell Award and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists, returns as one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in 2020, leading the Cyclones to back-to-back bowl games and success on the gridiron.

A native of Gilbert, Ariz., Purdy is coming off a 2019 season where he shattered virtually every season passing mark in program history, including passing yardage (3,982), total offense (4,231), passing touchdowns (27), touchdowns responsible (35) and completions (312).

Purdy led the Big 12 and ranked fourth nationally in passing yardage (306.3) in 2019. He also ranked fifth in the nation in total offense (325.5).

The Cyclone signal-caller currently owns 21 school records (game, season, career).

A second-team All-Big 12 pick in 2019, Purdy heads into the 2020 season with the second-best active career passing efficiency total (157.03- minimum 500 attempts) among FBS quarterbacks.

Purdy’s ability to lead has resulted in 14 wins in the last two seasons as the Cyclone quarterback. The 2019 team captain has led ISU to four fourth-quarter comebacks and has never committed a turnover in the red zone in his career.

Purdy currently ranks third on ISU’s career record lists in both passing yards (6,232) and touchdown passes (43).