By Staff Report.
Clemson, SC—Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has been named to the Manning Award Watch List for 2013. The Manning Award is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The award is named in honor of the accomplishments of the Manning quarterbacks, Archie, Peyton and Eli. It is the only quarterback award that includes candidates bowl performances in the balloting.
Boyd was a finalist for the award last year. This preseason he is joined on the Watch list by ACC players Bryn Renner and Stephen Morris.
Boyd is also on the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp National Player of the Year.
Boyd was the ACC Player of the Year in 2012 when he led Clemson to an 11-2 record and number-nine final ranking in USA Today. He was named a first-team All-American quarterback according to the Football Coaches Association ahead of Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.
Boyd holds 51 Clemson records entering this season. He set the ACC record for touchdown responsibility in a season last year with 46 touchdowns, one less than Manziel and second in the nation. Additionally, he was fifth in the nation in passing efficiency at 165.6, an all-time Clemson record and threw for a Clemson record 3,896 yards.
Boyd and the Tigers will open the season against Georgia and quarterback Aaron Murray, another quarterback on the Manning Award Watch List.