The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation announced today that it has narrowed the list of candidates for its annual award to five. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is presented annually to a college senior quarterback.
The top five quarterbacks still in contention for the award are:
- Andy Dalton, TCU, who has led the Horned Frogs to an 11-0 record, passing for 23 touchdowns and amassing nearly 2,500 yards while compiling a QB efficiency rating of 163.9;
- Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, who has completed 166 of 247 passes for 17 TDs and a 67.2 completion percentage;
- Christian Ponder, Florida State, who has 16 touchdowns and 1,647 yards in just nine games for the Seminoles;
- Ricky Stanzi, Iowa, who has posted an 18-4 record as a starting quarterback over past two seasons and ranks sixth in Hawkeye history in career passing yards (4,373) and passing TDs (31);
- Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin, who holds school records for career completion percentage at .675 and career QB efficiency rating of 150.0 and ranks sixth all-time at Wisconsin with 28 career passing touchdowns, 4,681 passing yards, and 369 career completions.
Twenty-two quarterbacks were on the original Golden Arm list, which was narrowed to 10 two weeks ago.
The five players most recently eliminated are: Pat Devlin (Delaware), Nathan Enderle (Idaho), Jake Locker (Washington), Greg McElroy (Alabama) and Tyrod Taylor ( Virginia Tech).
In existence since 1987, the Golden Arm has been awarded to more current NFL players than the Heisman Trophy.
Former winners of the Golden Arm include Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), Brady Quinn ( Notre Dame, 2006), Matt Leinart ( USC, 2005), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997) and Rodney Peete (USC, 1988).
The 2010 winner will be presented with the award on December 10 at the Baltimore Tremont Grand.