By Danny Reagan / Abilene, Texas
Just in case you missed it earlier this week, Colt McCoy has been named to the "watch list" for the 2007 Manning Award. Just so you know, that doesn't mean he's eligible to receive a watch.
The Manning Award, which was created in 2004 by the Sugar Bowl to honor the three guys with that famous last name - Archie, Peyton and Eli - is given to the best quarterback in college football each season. If you recall, Vince Young won the award in 2005. JaMarcus Russell won last year and Matt Leinart in the inaugural year.
Earlier, Colt had been put on the Maxwell Award "watch list." Even though a sophomore winning the Heisman Trophy is rather a long shot, I'm sure he's on that "watch list" as well.
Personally, I think this whole "watch list" concept is a bunch of nonsense. Let the players play, do their talking on the field, walk the walk - whatever cliche you want to use. Don't create a bunch of hype for your award before the season even starts at their expense. The media feeding-frenzy starts soon enough as it is.
The real "watch list" is at the end of the season when you "watch" the awards list grow (like Colt's did last year).