By Steve Lansdale
AUSTIN, Texas — In his first college season, Texas quarterback Shane Buechele has fared very well … and people are taking notice. Buechele was one of 10 quarterbacks added to the Manning Award watch list, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Wednesday.
Just five games into his college career, Buechele already has thrown for more yards — 1,204 — than any true freshman in UT history, and has tossed seven touchdown passes after being the first true freshman to start a season opener for the Longhorns since 1944, and the first in school history to start at least the first two games of his career.
He established a school record for true freshmen with 280 passing yards and was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week in the Longhorns’ season opener against Notre Dame. He set another school record for true freshmen the following week when he threw four touchdown passes against UTEP, earning his second Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award in as many weeks.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. The winner will be announced in January at a ceremony in New Orleans.