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
For the second time this spring, Auburn is losing a quarterback to a transfer. Woody Barrett announced his decision to leave the Auburn program in search of a new opportunity with a brief statement on Twitter after reports surfaced.
Brandon Marcello of Auburn Undercover was the first to report the news of the transfer, which was later confirmed by Barrett’s own announcement on Twitter.
According to Marcello’s original reporting, it is expected Barrett will explore the JUCO route for his next playing opportunity. The intent would be to play a fall semester with the JUCO program before attempting to land another spot in a Division 1 program. If that is the case, Barrett would be eligible to play in the FBS in the fall of 2018 if he lands at another FBS program.
Last month, Tyler Queen also decided to transfer out of the Auburn program. Rather than transfer to a junior college program, Queen decided to transfer to Division 2 program West Georgia. These two roster changes do not figure to impact the top of the depth chart concerns for Auburn at the quarterback position, but the loss of two quarterbacks is always a hit to the depth of the position. Former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham is expected to be Auburn’s starter for the 2017 season, with 2016 starter Sean White the top backup option. Early enrollee Malik Willis now is the likely third-stringer on the depth chart.
Auburn’s offense scored a nice recruiting victory against in-state Iron Bowl rival Alabama on Wednesday. Woody Barrett of Winter Garden, Florida, has verbally committed to Auburn, which gives Gus Malzahn a four-star dual-threat quarterback to look forward to in 2016. Auburn and Alabama were the finalists in the recruiting process.
Barrett announced his decision Wednesday during a ceremony at his high school, West Orange High School. Barrett is currently rated three stars by Rivals.com, although he receives a four-star ranking from other recruiting services. Barrett missed out on a big recruiting weekend at Auburn due to playing in his school’s spring game (high school spring games are apparently a thing that happens). But Auburn quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee was on hand to see how he performed. The relationship established with Lashlee through the recruiting process proved to be a deciding factor for Barrett.
“I got a real good vibe,” Barrett said after the visit to Auburn, per Rivals. “The team bond, I saw how the team connected with each other and how the coaches got along. Everybody had one team goal and it was to win another national championship.”
As a junior, Barrett passed for 1,558 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 813 yards and nine touchdowns.
If you are feeling bad for Alabama, don’t. Nick Saban pulled in a four-star quarterback in the Class of 2015 with Blake Barnett.
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