Ohio State's Justin Fields was one of 16 quarterbacks named Thursday as a midseason addition to the watch list for the Manning Award, which honors college football's best quarterback.
The recognition for Fields comes after he completed 116 of 164 pass attempts for 1,492 yards and 22 touchdowns with only one interception and rushing for 291 yards and eight touchdowns in Ohio State's first seven games this year.
Other midseason additions to the Manning Award watch list include Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason and Ohio State's opponent this week, Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan. They join a list of preseason nominees for the Manning Award that includes LSU's Joe Burrow, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, among others.
All college football quarterbacks remain eligible to win the Manning Award, which will be awarded on Jan. 13, following the national championship game, as the Manning Award takes bowl game performances into consideration. Finalists for the award will be announced on Dec. 5.
No Ohio State quarterback has ever won the Manning Award, which was first awarded in 2004.