On the day that Tajh Boyd was named ACC player of the year and became the first quarterback in Clemson history to be honored as a first-team All-America, the Tigers' junior quarterback was also named as one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, but was dropped from consideration for the Walter Camp Award as national player of the year.
The Manning is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and is named in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only national award that takes the candidates’ bowl performances into consideration in its balloting. The winner is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Joining Boyd as finalists are Matt Barkley, Sr., Southern California; Collin Klein, Sr., Kansas State; Jordan Lynch, Jr., Northern Illinois; Johnny Manziel, Fr., Texas A&M; Marcus Mariota, Fr., Oregon; AJ McCarron, Jr., Alabama; Braxton Miller, So., Ohio State; Aaron Murray, Jr., Georgia; and Geno Smith, Sr., West Virginia.
Twice this year Boyd has been named one of the Manning Stars of the Week. He was a four-time selection last year as the National Quarterback of the Week by the Manning Award, yet was not named a finalist in 2011.
The Walter Camp Award pared its list of candidates from 15 to five. They include Kansas State's Klein, Texas A&M's Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, and Southern California receiver Marqise Lee.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck won last year's Walter Camp Award.