- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ohio State sophomore Braxton Miller has been named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, which goes to the nation's top quarterback.
Here's the bad news for Miller: this award takes candidates' bowl performances into account. Of course, he won't be able to add anything to his credentials since the Buckeyes are ineligible for the postseason.
The full list of finalists is as follows:
Matt Barkley, Sr., Southern California
Tajh Boyd, Jr., Clemson
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
Geno Smith, Sr., West Virginia
The winner of the award, named in honor of the Manning family, will be announced on Jan. 9. Miller probably won't win, but making the list of finalists is not bad for a guy named to the second-team All-Big Ten team by the league's coaches. I kid, I kid.
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