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Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Logo
Given for outstanding senior or fourth-year quarterback in college football
Country United States
Presented by The Golden Arm Foundation
First award 1987
Most recent Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is given annually in the United States to the nation's outstanding senior or fourth-year quarterback in college football. Candidates are judged on accomplishments on the field as well as on their character, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities.[1] The award was established in 1987 and named after Johnny Unitas, who was nicknamed "The Golden Arm".[2] Unitas played his college career at the University of Louisville and set many records in the National Football League while playing for the Baltimore Colts.


Year Player School Refs
1987 Don McPherson Syracuse
1988 Rodney Peete USC
1989 Tony Rice Notre Dame
1990 Craig Erickson Miami
1991 Casey Weldon Florida State
1992 Gino Torretta Miami
1993 Charlie Ward Florida State
1994 Jay Barker Alabama
1995 Tommie Frazier Nebraska
1996 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1997 Peyton Manning Tennessee
1998 Cade McNown UCLA
1999 Chris Redman Louisville
2000 Chris Weinke Florida State
2001 David Carr Fresno State
2002 Carson Palmer USC
2003 Eli Manning Ole Miss
2004 Jason White Oklahoma
2005 Matt Leinart USC
2006 Brady Quinn Notre Dame
2007 Matt Ryan Boston College
2008 Graham Harrell Texas Tech
2009 Colt McCoy Texas
2010 Scott Tolzien Wisconsin [3]
2011 Andrew Luck Stanford [4]
2012 Collin Klein Kansas State [5]
2013 AJ McCarron Alabama [6]
2014 Marcus Mariota Oregon [7]
2015 Connor Cook Michigan State [8]
2016 Deshaun Watson Clemson [1]
2017 Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State [9]


  1. ^ a b Hickey, Anna (December 6, 2016). "Watson wins Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "About The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (December 6, 2010). "Tolzien wins Unitas Award". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck named Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner". The Baltimore Sun. December 5, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Collin Klein named winner of Johnny Unitas award as top college QB". The Denver Post. December 3, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ "AJ McCarron accepts 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award [Video]". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Oregon QB Marcus Mariota wins Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award". Sports Illustrated. December 8, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ Rexrode, Joe (December 8, 2015). "MSU's Connor Cook wins Unitas award as top QB". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 23, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Oklahoma State University Mason Rudolph Wins The 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award - Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award". Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-11-30. 

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