On the heels of another sharp day of practice, it was announced that Nate Longshore has been selected to the watch list for the Manning Award, which goes to college football's top quarterback. Longshore completed 60.2 percent of his passes last year for 3,021 yards and 24 touchdowns. As has been the case throughout the first week of training camp, Longshore and his receivers were on the same page Thursday. It's a stark contrast to last season's camp, when there were two practices in which the three quarterbacks vying for the starting job went through 7-on-7 drills without completing a pass. The Manning Award was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning, and will be presented to the winner following the bowl season. It is the only quarterback award that takes into consideration the candidates' bowl performances.
A special unit: The Bears' special teams were listed as No. 1 in the nation by College Football News, which released its annual unit-by-unit rankings Thursday. Cal also received top-10 rankings with its receiving corps (No. 6), offense (No. 6) and offensive line (No. 9). "With DeSean Jackson electrifying on punt returns, and Andrew Larson and Tom Schneider handling the kicking game, the Cal special teams unit will have few peers in the country in 2007," read the CFN clip. "The Bears return all of the key pieces of a top-tier special teams unit ... (and are) set at punt returner with Jackson, a human dynamo that took four back for scores to set a Pac-10 single-season record."