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Arkansas State QB Layne Hatcher lands on Manning Award & CFPA National Performer of the Year watch lists

Layne Hatcher had 4 passing touchdowns Thursday night as Arkansas State beat Georgia State 59-52.
Layne Hatcher had 4 passing touchdowns Thursday night as Arkansas State beat Georgia State 59-52.(Source: KAIT)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 6:26 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 8:39 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Arkansas State quarterback Layne Hatcher is getting some more national attention.

The Little Rock native is one of 32 players selected to the 2021 Manning Award watch list. Hatcher is one of 4 Sun Belt standouts the Allstate Sugar Bowl selected on Thursday. Hatcher landed on the watch list for the CFPA National Performer of the Year on Wednesday. The College Football Performance Awards hand out this trophy annually to the best player in FBS.

Hatcher threw for 2,058 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2020. The pride of Pulaski Academy is already top 10 in A-State history in career passing yards (7th), passing touchdowns (T-5th), and total offense (9th).

Hatcher is on the Maxwell Award watch list. He’s also #13 on Pro Football Focus’ list of the top FBS starting quarterbacks. Hatcher served as a counselor this summer at the famed Manning Passing Academy.

The Red Wolves report for fall camp on Thursday, the first practice is Friday. The season opener is Saturday, September 4th vs. UCA. Kickoff is at 6:00pm at Centennial Bank Stadium, the game will be streamed on ESPN3.

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