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Gabriel Named a Manning Award Finalist

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel is one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, honoring the top quarterback in the nation, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Thursday.

The Manning Award, in its 20th year, was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting. The award is voted on by a panel of local and national media, as well as each of the Mannings.

Gabriel, who was a unanimous All-Big 12 selection, is also a top-10 finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award. He ranks in the top 10 nationally in points responsible for per game (21.0; third), total offense (336.1 yards per game; fourth), passing yards (3,660; fifth), passing offense (305.0; sixth), passing efficiency rating (172.0; sixth), passing touchdowns (30; sixth), yards per pass attempt (9.5; seventh) and completion percentage (.693; 10th). He leads the Big 12 in passing offense, total offense, points responsible for per game, passing efficiency, completion percentage and passing touchdowns.

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