Shaw named finalist for Unitas Award | Sports & Recreation
BALTIMORE, MD (WIS) - University of South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is one of 10 finalists announced Wednesday for the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Clemson's Tajh Boyd is on the list as well.
Shaw, a 6-1, 209-pound senior from Flowery Branch, Ga., has completed 62.9 percent (122-for-194) of his passes this season for 1,655 yards with 18 touchdowns and just one interception. His quarterback efficiency rating of 164.13 ranks 11th in the country. In addition, he is the Gamecocks' second-leading rusher with 375 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Shaw is 23-5 as the Gamecocks' starting quarterback, just one win shy of Todd Ellis's school record of 24 career wins. He is a perfect 14-0 as a starter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Shaw is the school's career leader in passing completion at 65.6 percent, is second in touchdown passes with 50, is fourth in total offense with 6,782 yards, is seventh in career passing yards with 5,282, and is the only player in Carolina history to throw for more than 5,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards.
The 10 finalists for this year’s Golden Arm Award are:
- Tajh Boyd, Clemson
- 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
- Connor Shaw, South Carolina
- Keith Wenning, Ball State
Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football, the prestigious Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica.
Candidates for the Golden Arm Award – which has been presented at the end of each college football season since 1987 – 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 on Friday, December 13 in Baltimore, MD.
Previous winners of the Golden Arm Award include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011). Last year’s winner, Collin Klein of Kanas State, was a Second Team All-American (AP) and the 2012 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (AP).
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