Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and South Carolina’s Connor Shaw are finalists for the prestigious Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented each year to college football’s most outstanding quarterback.
Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.
The 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented at a ceremony Dec. 13 in Baltimore.
Previous winners of the Golden Arm Award include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (Southern Cal, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011). Last year’s winner was Collin Klein of Kanas State.
The 10 finalists for this year’s award are:
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Keith Price, Washington
Keith Wenning, Ball State