With the 2018 college football season winding down, The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® Presented by A. O. Smith has narrowed its watch list to just 5 finalists for the final stretch of the season. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.
Candidates are chosen based on their accomplishments on and off the field.
Some of the top finalists include West Virginia star Will Grier, Gardner Minshew II of Washington State, and Ole Miss transfer turned Michigan standout Shea Patterson.
A full look at the 2018 Johnny Unitas Award Finalists can be seen below, via the official press release.
2018 Johnny Unitas Award Finalists
Will Grier, West Virginia – Grier has completed 207 of 300 passes for 2,961 yards (69% completion rate) throwing for 32 touchdowns with just 8 interceptions, and a QB rating of 180.7.
Drew Lock, Missouri – Lock has completed 215 of 344 passes for 2,647 yards (63% completion rate) throwing for 25 touchdowns with just 8 interceptions, and a QB rating of 142.6.
McKenzie Milton, UCF – Milton has completed 153 of 254 passes for 2309 yards, (60% completion rate) throwing for 29 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions, and a QB rating of 159.9.
Gardner Minshew II, Washington State – Minshew has completed 364 of 523 passes for 3852 yards, (70% completion rate) throwing for 32 touchdowns with just 7 interceptions, and a QB rating of 147.1.
Shea Patterson, Michigan – Patterson has completed 152 of 227 passes for 1927 yards (67% completion rate) throwing for 19 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions, and a QB rating of 160.3.
About The Johnny Unitas Award
The 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® Presented by A. O. Smith will take place on December 7 in Baltimore, MD. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. will be returning to the beautifully renovated Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & The Grand for the presentation.
Past standout winners of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, 2006); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011); Marcus Mariota (University of Oregon, 2014); Connor Cook (Michigan State, 2015); Deshaun Watson (Clemson, 2016) and the 2017 winner, Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State).