The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Presented by A. O. Smith Corporation has narrowed its 2023 season watch list to five of the nation’s top quarterbacks.
The Golden Arm Award Selection Committee selected the remaining nominees based on player performance on-and-off the field. Candidates must be a top senior or upperclassman quarterback on schedule to graduate with their class.
After 10 weeks of play, the five finalists for the 2023 Golden Arm Award are:
- Jayden Daniels, LSU – Daniels has completed 195 of 273 passes for 3,164 yards (71 percent completion rate) throwing for 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
- J.J. McCarthy, Michigan – McCarthy has completed 163 of 214 passes for 2,194 yards (76 percent completion rate) throwing for 18 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
- Bo Nix, Oregon – Nix has completed 258 of 366 passes for 3,135 yards, (78 percent completion rate) throwing for 29 touchdowns with just two interceptions.
- Michael Penix Jr., Washington – Penix Jr. has completed 249 of 366 passes for 3,533 yards, (68 percent completion rate) throwing for 28 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
- Caleb Williams, USC – Williams has completed 235 of 346 passes for 3,249 yards (68 percent completion rate) throwing for 29 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.
The 2023 award winner will be presented the Golden Arm Award trophy by The Johnny Unitas Educational Foundation President, John Unitas Jr., as well as other notable attendees at the Golden Arm Award banquet and celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, December 7, 2023.
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