Yesterday, it was the defensive backs. Today, it’s the position that attempts to solve the defensive secondary riddle’s turn.
Wednesday, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award had whittled its list of candidates for the 2018 version of the trophy from 30 to 15. One finalist for the 2017 award won by Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph has made the second-to-last cut this year — Penn State’s Trace McSorley.
The Golden Arm has been handed out annually since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback. And, in our annual reminder, the award is given yearly to the top signal-caller in the country who is either a senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class and takes into account his accomplishments both on and off the field.
“The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® Presented by A.O. Smith considers character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor,” said John C. Unitas, Jr., president of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, in a statement. “The same characteristics that were displayed by my father are highly valued by A. O. Smith and are every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored.”
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with four players in the Final 15, followed by the Big Ten with three. The AAC, ACC and SEC are next with two apiece, while the Big 12 and Mountain West come in with one each.
The award is expected to release its list of finalists in November, with the 2018 trophy being presented Dec. 7.
Jake Browning, Washington
Eric Dungey, Syracuse
Ryan Finley, NC State
Will Grier, West Virginia
Justin Herbert, Oregon
Drew Lock, Missouri
Trace McSorley, Penn State
McKenzie Milton, UCF
Gardner Minshew, Washington State
Steven Montez, Colorado
Shea Patterson, Michigan
Brett Rypien, Boise State
Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
Brady White, Memphis