An award that honors the top senior citizens at the quarterback position has released its finalists for the 2013 version of the award.
Headlining the very limited group of five players is Alabama’s AJ McCarron. A semifinalist the past two seasons, McCarron can now say the same about being a finalist as he accomplished that feat in 2012 as well.
Joining McCarron as 2013 finalists is fellow SEC quarterback Aaron Murray of Georgia, along with Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch.
That group quarterbacks three of the remaining six undefeated teams in the country and have a combined record of 44-5; Murray’s Bulldogs account for four of those losses.
The Unitas Award, named in honor of Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas and handed out to the top senior (academic or football eligibility) at the position, was won by Kansas State’s Collin Klein in 2012.
Here are the five finalists and a little statistical overview, courtesy of the folks with the Golden Arm:
–Tajh Boyd: Coming off a 55-31 win against Georgia Tech, Boyd has completed 212 of 318 passes for 2,960 yards (66.7% completion rate) and 32 touchdowns this season.
–Derek Carr: With two games remaining this season, Carr has thrown for 3,421 yards and 34 TDs, completing 69.5% of his passes for the 9-0 Bulldogs.
–Jordan Lynch: Lynch has led the Huskies to a 10-0 record this season, completing 65.5% of his passes while throwing for 35 TDs and 2,216 yards.
–AJ McCarron: After a 20-7 win over Mississippi State last week, McCarron has completed 177 of 261 passes for 2,228 yards (67.8%) and 21 TDs this season.
–Aaron Murray: While the Bulldogs are only 6-4 this season, Murray has thrown for 2,892 yards and 29 TDs, completing 207 of 324 pass attempts (63.9%).