Wisconsin's Tolzien on Manning watch list

You know times are changing when the candidates for preseason awards are being announced through Twitter, but that's exactly what's happening with the 2010 Manning Award.

We learned through the Sugar Bowl's Twitter page today that Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien has been named to the preseason watch list, joining Stanford's Andrew Luck. We'll find out more watch list candidates, including others from the Big Ten, in the coming days.

Tolzien led Wisconsin to a 10-3 record and a Champs Sports Bowl championship in his first year as the starter. Once an afterthought in the Badgers' quarterback race, Tolzien beat out Dustin Sherer and Curt Phillips for the top job last summer. He went on to lead the Big Ten in pass efficiency (143 rating), passing for 2,705 yards and 16 touchdowns with 11 interceptions and completing 64.3 percent of his attempts.

Few pegged Tolzien to see much field time with Wisconsin, much less make preseason watch lists for national quarterback awards, so this is quite a story.