Full Name: Eli Manning School: Mississippi
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 206 40: 4.92
Year: 4Jr Number: 10
Started all 11 games and set or
tied 17 school records, including single-season marks for passing yards
(2,948), passing attempts (408), completions (259), TD passes (31), pass
efficiency rating (144.8), total offense (2,957) and total TDs responsible for
(31). Completed 63.5 percent of his passes, for 2,948 yards and 31 TDs with nine
INTs. Tied for first in completions and had the lowest percentage of passes
intercepted (2.21) in the SEC.
Appeared in seven games including the Music City Bowl. Completed 16-of-33 passes
for 170 yards with one INT during the regular season .
instinctive signal caller and the next great quarterback from the Manning
household. Fundamentally sound;
sets up with solid footwork, quick dropping into the pocket and excellent ball
placement, holding it shoulder high. Sells
his play action passes, patient and scans the field, going
through receiver progressions and finding the open wide out. Throws with an over the top
delivery, nicely times his outs as the pass arrives when receivers are leaving their breaks
or smartly places his throws out in front of the target, leading them down the field or on
crossing patterns and letting them run to the ball. Takes what the defense gives him and
quickly goes to the safe underneath target if nothing else is available. Stands strong in the pocket, takes a hit in
order to get the pass off or scrambles outside the pocket,
making positive plays on the move. Puts
touch on the pass when required, also
displaying zip on the short/intermediate throws.
Good: Lacks the big arm and cannot drive the ball downfield, a situation
exasperated by the tendency to step out of his throws.
Skinny: Not where his brother Peyton was to this
point in his college career but in Eli's defense has nowhere near the
talent surrounding him his older brother had at Tennessee. A lot of potential as his
matures physically but right now would be better off returning to college for his senior campaign.