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ACC paces revamped Johnny Unitas list

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The Big 12 may get the recognition nationally for its prowess in the passing game, but its another conference more than any other that’s caught the eye of a major quarterbacking award.

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award released its revamped list Thursday, and the ACC topped all conferences with five of the 15 players named.   The original Unitas preseason watch list had consisted of 15 players.

The Big 12, of course, was well represented as well, placing four players on the list.  The SEC was the only other conference with more than one player, coming in with three.

Just one player from this year’s group of semifinalists — Oklahoma’s Landry Jones — was a finalist for the award last season.  The five finalists for the 2012 award will be announced in mid-November, while the award will be presented in early December.

Matt Barkley, USC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Nick Florence, Baylor
Mike Glennon, NC State
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Collin Klein, Kansas State
EJ Manuel, Florida State
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Bryn Renner, North Carolina
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Geno Smith, West Virginia
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

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9 Responses to “ACC paces revamped Johnny Unitas list”
  1. mabromowitz says: Oct 12, 2012 9:34 AM

    One of the reasons for this is because to be eligible for the Johnny Unitas a quarterback “must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class.” You see that Braxton Miller is not on the list, but yet he is a top 5 Heisman candidate. The ACC probably have more eligible quarterbacks than the Big 12.

  2. blitz4848 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:57 AM

    Why keep it at 15?

    These guys no longer belong on this list for various reasons–their play as well and/or how they have led their team:

    Mike Glennon, NC State
    Bryn Renner, North Carolina
    Denard Robinson, Michigan
    Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
    Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

    There are others who could be consideredon the edge of being cut but I left them in just because these 5 are obvious ones and it whittles it down to 10 nearing the halfway mark of the season.

  3. drummerhoff says: Oct 12, 2012 10:13 AM

    Is the title of this article sarcastic? Does the ACC having nothing left to tout?

  4. normtide says: Oct 12, 2012 10:15 AM

    Maybe they should just narrow it down to Geno Smith

  5. manchestermiracle says: Oct 12, 2012 1:25 PM

    norm: If Smith keeps playing at his current level I can’t see why he wouldn’t get this and the Heisman.

  6. sd1024 says: Oct 12, 2012 3:44 PM


  7. trick321 says: Oct 12, 2012 4:33 PM

    all five ACC qb’s on list from: Virginia

    UVA: qb controversy

    ahhhhhhh, keepin’ ’em in state with the best of ’em!!!

  8. soflosportsfan says: Oct 12, 2012 8:54 PM


    to answer you question, more ranked teams than the Big 10 and Big East

  9. 35longmiles says: Oct 13, 2012 8:18 AM

    Enough with these “watch” lists. They’re ponderous.

    HEY?!?! Where’s Stephen Morris?

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