NEW ORLEANS (SMU) – Tanner Mordecai was recently named to the Manning Award Midseason Watch List, an award sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Mordecai has 2,320 yards and leads the nation with 29 touchdown passes in 2021 and is completing passes at a 71% rate. The premier player has 300+ passing yards in six of seven games, and his career-high 427 passing yards against Tulane rank ninth at SMU, and the 461 yards of total offense rank sixth.
Heading into week eight, Mordecai was tied for the national lead for passing TDs, ranked second in points responsible for and in the Top 10 in completion percentage, completions per game, passing efficiency, passing yards per game, and total offense.
The premier player leads a Mustangs team that is 7-0 for the second time in three seasons after a 55-26 October 21st win over Tulane. Mordecai is also a member of Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award Watch Lists and has twice been named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Finalists for the honor will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as the Mannings. The list will be released on Dec. 2 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.
SMU plays at Houston on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 or ESPNU.