And now for a quarterback award watch list that won’t include a certain starting quarterback form Clemson or Alabama. The Johnny Unitas Foundation has released the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to college football’s top senior or fourth-year quarterback. This year’s watch list includes some recognizable names such as Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Oregon’s Justin Herbert.
Former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was named the winner of the award in 2018. Just one finalist for the 2018 award is on the watch list this season. Michigan’s Shea Patterson is that player (UCF’s McKenzie Milton was a finalist last year but is not expected to play this season despite still being at UCF as he recovers from his season-ending injury from late in 2018).
Other past winners include Deshaun Watson (2016), Marcus Mariota (2014), Andrew Luck (2011), Matt Ryan (2007), Eli Manning (2003), Carson Palmer (2002) and Peyton Manning (1997).
2019 Golden Arm Award Watch List Presented by A. O. Smith
- Jack Abraham, Southern Mississippi
- Blake Barnett, University of South Florida
- Woody Barrett, Kent State
- Jake Bentley, University of South Carolina
- Anthony Brown, Boston College
- Kelly Bryant, Missouri
- Joe Burrow, LSU
- Stephen Buckshot Calvert, Liberty
- Marcus Childers, Northern Illinois
- K.J. Costello, Stanford Unversity
- Jacob Eason, Washington University
- Caleb Evans, University of Louisiana Monroe
- Mason Fine, North Texas
- Feleipe Franks, University of Florida
- Mitchell Guadagni, Toledo
- Jarrett Guarantano, University of Tennessee
- Gage Gubrud, Washington State University
- Quentin Harris, Duke University
- Justin Herbert, University of Oregon
- Kelvin Hopkins, Jr., Army
- Tyler Huntley, University of Utah
- Jalen Hurts, University of Oklahoma
- Josh Jackson, University of Maryland
- D’Eriq King, Houston
- Brian Lewerke, Michigan State University
- Jordan Love, Utah State University
- Jake Luton, Oregon State University
- Cole McDonald, University of Hawaii
- Justin McMillan, Tulane
- Steven Montez, University of Colorado
- James Morgan, FIU
- Riley Neal, Vanderbilt University
- Kato Nelson, Akron
- Shea Patterson, University of Michigan
- Bryce Perkins, University of Virginia
- Malcolm Perry, Navy
- Peyton Ramsey, Indiana University
- Armani Rogers, UNLV
- Nathan Rourke, Ohio
- Anthony Russo, Temple University
- J’Mar Smith, Louisiana Tech
- Nate Stanley, University of Iowa
- Dillon Sterling-Cole, Arizona State University
- Khalil Tate, University of Arizona
- Zac Thomas, Appalachian State University
- Skylar Thompson, Kansas State
- Brady White, University of Memphis
- Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech
- Brandon Wimbush, University of Central Florida
Oregon State is looking to get in the win column this weekend after getting roughed up on the road against Ohio State last week. But as the home opener against Southern Utah approaches, it remains unclear just what the status of quarterback Jake Luton will be.
Luton was knocked out of Oregon State’s season opener and has been dealing with concussion symptoms for the past week. Because of the sensitivity and nature of concussions, there is no word on whether or not Luton will be cleared to play in Week2 or if he will have to sit out a week before potentially coming back in Week 3, if not later.
Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith will likely stick with Conor Blount this week of Luton is not available. And because of the nature of the opponent, this may be a good week to play it as safe as possible with Luton’s status. There should be no real need to feel rushing your starting quarterback for a home game against an FCS opponent is a good idea, even if Oregon State may find wins hard to come by this season.
Blount fared well enough last week against the Buckeyes, completing 12 of 19 passes for 169 yards. Blount also threw two touchdown passes in a lopsided loss against the Big Ten favorite.
Yesterday we saw USC left tackle Chuma Edoga get himself ejected from a game against Utah State after getting a little bit too physical with a ref during the heat of the moment, but this video from the junior college ranks is even worse. Mt. San Antonio offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer took unsportsmanlike conduct to the next level when he allegedly punched a ref while being restrained, knocking the ref to the ground and later being taken away in handcuffs by local authorities. He was charged with suspicion of battery.
Schirmer, a freshman, was ejected from the game immediately. The ref was injured badly enough that he did not remain in the game as well after receiving medical attention from trainers from both teams.
“I shook his hand when he was coming off and I asked him if he was OK,” Ventura College head coach Steve Mooshagian said, according to a report from Ventura County Star. “He looked like he was a little drowsy.”
Police officers went to the broadcast booth in the stadium to immediately begin reviewing footage of the incident on the field. Police officers on the scene also began taking statements from refs working the game down at field level.
“I was on the bench talking and I heard everyone going crazy so I jumped up and saw him on the ground,” Ventura College quarterback Jake Luton said. “That’s terrible. There’s no place for that in football.”
Aside from the off-field legal charges against him, Schirmer could also face a maximum five-year ban from the California Community College Athletic Association, essentially ending his college football career at the JUCO level in California.
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