Each season brings breakout players and injuries that alter polls, playoff hopes and awards chances.
But the preseason is a time for watch lists and predictions. As the season nears, four Big Ten QBs picked up preseason recognition by the Manning Award.
Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Nebraska), J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), C.J. Beathard (Iowa) and Wes Lunt (Illinois) were four of the 30 selected players.
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Though there are seemingly countless awards, the Manning Award is unique in that its QB award includes postseason results.
Here is how the four Big Ten representatives did in 2015:
Armstrong Jr.: 222-402 (55.2 percent) for 3,030 yards, 22 TD, 16 INT. Also had 400 rushing yards and 7 TDs
Barrett: 93-147 (63.3) for 992 yards, 11 TD, 4 INT. Rushed for 682 yards, 11 TDs
Beathard: 223-362 (61.6) for 2,809 yards, 17 TD, 5 INT. Rushed for 237 yards, 6 TDs
Lunt: 270-481 (56.1) for 2,761 yards, 14 TD, 6 INT.
There have been 12 Manning Award winners, but the Big Ten has yet to win one. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson won it this past season.
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