The Manning Award is one of the most prestigious awards in college football, awarded annually by the Sugar Bowl committee to the top quarterback in the nation. The award has gone to the likes of Joe Burrows, Kyler Murray, Vince Young, Robert Griffin III and Marcus Mariota, among others, over the years.
On Monday, we found out the winner of the 2022 edition of the award. The winner for the 2022 season is Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett.
In an official announcement statement, committee leader Archie Manning praised Bennett for being so uniquely successful and being able to prove himself as a quarterback last year.
“We started the Manning Award 19 years ago as a way to recognize the nation’s top quarterback for an entire season,” Manning said. “I’m not sure we’ve ever had an honoree who demonstrated his potential and proved his worth through the postseason like Stetson did this year. We’re thrilled to recognize him as this year’s Manning Award winner.” Huh.
“On behalf of the entire Manning family, I want to thank the Sugar Bowl committee again for their longstanding support of the Manning Award. The Bowl’s role in making this possible each year is greatly appreciated.”
The Manning Award has been a pretty solid predictor of where quarterbacks will go in the NFL draft as well. All-in-one winners have been the first quarterbacks off the board with more than a half-dozen in the first round.
It is too early to say whether Bennett will continue any of these trends, but it is clear that he has left a legacy in college football that will be difficult to match.
Will Stetson Bennett be a first round pick in 2023?