Oct. 19, 2011
Arizona senior Nick Foles is among 10 college quarterbacks listed as finalists for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, announced today in Baltimore, Md.
Foles will be under center as the Wildcats hit a national stage (ESPN) Thursday night at home against UCLA. He's the Pac-12's leading passer and fifth nationally in total offense, and the likely record holder for most Arizona single-season and career passing records.
Nick Foles, Arizona Robert Griffin III, Baylor Landry Jones, Oklahoma Case Keenum, Houston Andrew Luck, Stanford Kellen Moore, Boise State Ryan Tannehill, Texas A & M Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State Russell Wilson, Wisconsin Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play football, the prestigious Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation Inc. and Transamerica.
Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, Dec. 9, in Baltimore. A number of Unitas' former Baltimore Colts teammates will be there, including Raymond Berry, Jimmy Orr, and Art Donovan. In addition, former Colt Joe Ehrmann, author of the best-selling book InsideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives, will deliver remarks during the award event.
Since 1987, past winners of the award include Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006), Matt Leinart (USC, 2005), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997). and Rodney Peete (USC, 1988).
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 one that may stand forever - throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. Unitas was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 1979.