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Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list includes 2018 finalist Shea Patterson, Jalen Hurts, Justin Herbert

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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

CFT Previews: Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

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WHO: Utah State (6-6) vs. New Mexico State (6-6)
WHAT: The third Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
WHERE: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
THE SKINNY: New Mexico State has not played in a bowl game since 1960, but winning their final two games of the regular season allowed the Aggies that elusive opportunity to play in a bowl game in their final game representing the Sun Belt Conference. So, how did they get here?

It began by giving Arizona State a serious run in the opener and building confidence the following week against New Mexico. With wins in three of their final four games, quarterback Tyler Rogers and 1,000-yard receiver Jaleel Scott helped achieve the long-thought impossible by reaching six wins. It has been a long work in progress for head coach Doug Martin, who has guided New Mexico State into the Sun Belt Conference after a year left astray following conference realignment and the implosion of the old WAC. Now, with the future seeing New Mexico State return to independence, the Aggies hope their improving offense can keep up the momentum against Utah State.

Utah State had a bumpy season with a good handful of lopsided losses, but Matt Wells has managed to keep these Aggies chugging forward. The past few seasons have been rough at times for Utah State, but a chance to hit seven wins and build some momentum for the offseason is one Utah State can take advantage of. It will start up front with the offensive line providing some good blocking. Linemen Roman Andrus and Quin Ficklin received honorable mentions from the MWC this season, but they will need a good showing from redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love (1,377 passing yards, 8 TDs) and running back LaJuan Hunt to end the season on a high note. Love has been building confidence this season, and the extra time to prepare for this game may bode well for him and Utah State.

THE PICK: Utah State 24, New Mexico State 17