Ohio State QB Justin Fields named finalist for Manning Award
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year and Quarterback of the Year earlier this week, and Thursday Fields was listed among the 12 finalists for the 2020 Manning Award.
Fields leads the nation in passing completion percentage, completing 78% of his passes, and through his five games has a 15-3 touchdown to interception ratio.
He is second only to Alabama’s Mac Jones in passer efficiency rating at 196.1 and his 284.1 yards per game leads the B1G.
The Manning Award is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the winner will be announced after the bowls in January. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning and is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates’ bowl performances into consideration in its balloting.
Fields was the only B1G quarterback named as a finalist.
No. 4 Ohio State (5-0) is scheduled to take on No. 14 Northwestern (6-1) in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.
Manning Award finalists:
Ian Book, Notre Dame
Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Justin Fields, Ohio State
Dillon Gabriel, UCF
Sam Howell, UNC
Mac Jones, Alabama
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Grayson McCall, Coastal
Brock Purdy, ISU
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Kyle Trask, UF
Zach Wilson, BYU
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 17, 2020