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LUBBOCK, Texas — The Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee named Texas Tech senior and former Corsicana Mildred High School standout Nic Shimonek to the watch list for the Manning Award on Thursday per school officials.

It was his fourth such watch honor this year, including the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the Maxwell Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Shimonek is among the some of the best quarterbacks in the FBS, tallying 1,811 yards at a 71.8 percent completion rate and 14 touchdowns entering Saturday’s contest against Big 12 competitor West Virginia.

After the Red Raiders barely scraped together five victories last year, the Red Raiders are on their way to equalling that total this weekend and have only one defeat blemishing their record.

Throughout the college football landscape, Shimonek is third nationally in passing yards per game (362.2) and third in completion percentage.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl to honor the college football legacy of the Manning family. It’s the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates’ bowl performances. Ten finalists will be selected for a list released Nov.30.

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