USC quarterback Matt Barkley was named to the Manning Award watch list on Monday alongside fellow Pac-12 quarterback Keith Price of Washington.
The two were the conference representatives for the 25-man Manning list, with the award going to the best quarterback in the country after the bowl games. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.
Barkley has appeared on the Manning preseason list the past two seasons.
The senior signal-caller completed over 69 percent of his passes for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2011. He also set a host of school records, including the single-game marks for touchdown passes, passing yards and completions.
He has been nominated for several other awards this preseason.