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July 27, 2010

Stanzi named to Manning Award Watch List

IOWA CITY, IA - University of Iowa senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi has been named to the 2010 Manning Award Watch List. The award goes annually to the nation's top collegiate quarterback. The Manning committee is releasing the name of one quarterback per day until its 2010 list is complete. It's the second quarterback of the year watch list Stanzi has made this month. He was earlier named to the Davey O'Brien Watch List.

Stanzi (6-4, 230) is a native of Mentor, Ohio. He was a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award a year ago after leading Iowa to an 11-2 overall record, including a 24-14 victory over ACC champion Georgia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl and a final ranking of seventh nationally in both major polls.

Stanzi has posted an 18-4 record as Iowa's starting quarterback over the last two seasons, including January bowl victories each year. In career statistics, Stanzi heads into his final season ranked sixth in career passing yards (4,373) and touchdowns (31). He has completed 321-562 career pass attempts (.571). His season passing total of 2,417 yards in 2009 ranks 11th among single season leaders at Iowa and his 2008 total of 1,956 yards ranks 20th.

As a junior, Stanzi shared the Roy J. Carver Most Valuable Player Award and was a permanent team captain. He earned honorable mention all-America by Pro Football Weekly and was honorable mention all-Big Ten. He started all 11 games in which he played last season, missing two games due to injury. His season totals included completing 171-304 passes for 2,417 yards and 17 touchdowns, with 15 interceptions.

Stanzi is one of four Hawkeyes to be named to various pre-season Watch Lists for the upcoming season, joining DE Adrian Clayborn (Rotary Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski), DT Karl Klug (Outland) and DB Tyler Sash (Lott Trophy, Bronko Nagurski).

Two other Big Ten quarterbacks are also on the Manning watch list, at this time. Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, join Stanzi on the watch list. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has honored the nation's top collegiate quarterback the last six years.


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