The award circuit is officially underway for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow was named this year’s recipient of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award on Wednesday.
The Golden Arm Award is awarded to college football’s top senior or fourth-year quarterback based on accomplishments on the field, character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, teamwork and leadership. Burrow beat out Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Utah’s Tyler Huntley, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, and Memphis’ Brady White for this year’s award.
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has been presented annually since 1987, when Don McPherson of Syracuse won the inaugural award. Last year’s winner was Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew. Other past recipients of the award inlcude Deshuan Watson, Marcus Mariota, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Carson Palmer, and Peyton Manning. Burrow is now hoping to become the first Golden Arm Award winner since Mariota in 2014 to lay claim to the Heisman Trophy as well.
Burrow is the first LSU quarterback in program history to win the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.