The 2020 season remains a great unknown at this point, but the watch list season that supposedly ended last week had another trick up its sleeve. On Thursday, Penn State quarterback was one of thirty signal-callers named to the Manning Award Watch List. The award recognizes the top quarterback in the country and considers their bowl game as well, unlike the other postseason awards.
Clifford has already been named to the Danny Wuerffel Trophy and the Davey O'Brien Award Watch Lists. With the upcoming season in flux, Clifford is one of the more intriguing returning starting quarterbacks in college football. With new offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca on board and the talent that surrounds him, all eyes will be on the Ohio native to see if the Nittany Lions can finally break into the College Football Playoff.
The award is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and is voted on by a panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings (not sure if Cooper Manning gets a vote), after the bowl season. Clifford joins Jack Coan (Wisconsin), Justin Fields Jr. (Ohio State), and Tanner Morgan (Minnesota) as the only Big Ten signal callers on the list. For a look at the full list, click here.