A pair of Gem State quarterbacks have been named to the Manning Award watch list as one of the top 30 QB's in the country.

Matt Linehan of Idaho and Boise States Brett Rypien were both named to the list on Wednesday.

This is the 7th pre season watch list to include Rypien who tossed for 24 touchdowns last year and led the BSU offense to average nearly 473 yards in total offense per game. Rypien is one of three Mountain West QB's on the list including Nick Stevens of Colorado State and Wyoming's Josh Allen.

Linehan earned 2nd team All Sun Belt honors last year with 3,184 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. Linehan is within striking distance of every Idaho passing record on the books as he eyes his senior season which begins August 31st against Sacramento State right here on 630 The Fan.

a list of 10 finalists for the Manning award will be released November 30th and the winner will be named after the National Championship game,.