LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – Sophomore quarterback Davis Webb has been named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch List while junior offensive lineman Le’Raven Clark has been named a USA Today Preseason Second Team All-American.
Webb, a native of Prosper, is the fourth quarterback in school history to be named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch list, joining former Red Raider greats Graham Harrell, Taylor Potts and Seth Doege.
Webb has established himself as the clear leader of the 2014 Red Raiders, following an outstanding performance in the Holiday Bowl where he threw for 403 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-23 win over No. 16 Arizona State. The offensive MVP of the Holiday Bowl later served as the youngest counselor at the Elite 11 Camp.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.
Additional quarterbacks may be added to the Watch List after the start of the season. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 14.
This year’s watch Llst includes players from all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The Pac-12 leads the way with seven selections, followed by the Big Ten with five and the Big 12 with four. There are 18 seniors on the list while the junior class is represented by 10 quarterbacks. Rounding out the 32 are four sophomores, including Florida State’s Jameis Winston, who will look to be the first repeat winner of the honor. In addition to Winston, Oregon senior Marcus Mariota and Baylor senior Bryce Petty are returning finalists.
Clark Named Preseason All-American
Le’Raven Clark has been named a second team preseason All-American by USA Today.
Clark, a native of Rockdale, Texas, is widely considered as one of the best linemen in the country following a stellar sophomore season in 2013. He is a preseason First Team All-Big 12 selection and is on both the Lombardi and Outland Award watch lists.