BALTIMORE, MD (10/11/17) – The initial Top 47 Watch List for The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2017 has been reduced to 20 of the country’s top college quarterbacks.

The remaining candidates for the prestigious annual award have continued to demonstrate skill and talent that have catapulted them to the next level.

2017 Golden Arm Award Top 20:

J. T. Barrett, Ohio State
David Blough, Purdue
Jesse Ertz, Kansas State
Luke Falk, Washington State
Riley Ferguson, Memphis
Ryan Finley, NC State
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi St.
Quinton Flowers, South Florida
Justice Hansen, Arkansas St.
Kenny Hill, TCU
Stephen Johnson, Kentucky
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Trace McSorley, Penn St.
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Brandon Silvers, Troy
Nick Stevens, Colorado St.
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
Mike White, Western Ky.
Logan Woodside, Toledo

The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments both on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. These strong leaders have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and worked hard for themselves and their teams during the season and beyond.

“The Golden Arm Award considers character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor – characteristics that were displayed by my father – to be every bit as important as the quarterback’s completion rate or number of touchdowns scored,” says John C. Unitas, Jr., President of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. “Despite my Dad’s outstanding accomplishments, he never forgot his humble beginnings and that won him a permanent place in the hearts of everyone who ever knew him,”

In 2017, The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, December 8th, in Baltimore, MD. For the 2017 Golden Arm Award ceremony, The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. is happy to be returning to the beautifully renovated Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & The Grand.

Proceeds from the event help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

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); and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011), Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014) Last year’s winner Connor Cook (Michigan State,2015) Last year’s winner Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Sponsors of the Golden Arm Award include: MedStar Sports Medicine, The Babe Ruth Museum, Baltimore Sun Media Group, Century Engineering, Comcast, Dunbar Armored and Dunbar Security Solutions, The Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & The Grand, Haddock Investments, Harvey Agency, HMS Insurance Associates, Inc., Maryland Department of Commerce, Monument Sotheby’s International Realty, PSAV, Panini, TRAY, The Scott Garceau Show, SILKS, Under Armor, Wilson Sporting Goods, and ZBest Executive & Global Transportation Services.

To learn more about the Golden Arm Award, please visit: Golden Arm Foundation or Golden Arm Award. Additionally, please follow the conversation throughout the season on Twitter: @GoldenArmAward or use the hashtag, #GoldenArmAward.

Week Six Stats:

2J.T. Barrett, Ohio State611117464%1,513191311W 62-14 Maryland (5-1)Next: @ Nebraska
3David Blough, Purdue5629069%6888433W 31-17 Minnesota (3-2)Next: @ Wisconsin
4Jesse Ertz, Kansas St.55510055%930103336L 40-34 Texas (3-2)Next: TCU
5Luke Falk, Washington State618826272%2,000192-73W 33-10 Oregon (6-0)Next: @ Cal
6Riley Ferguson, Memphis511619659%1,535205-3W 70-31 UConn (4-1)Next: Navy
7Ryan Finley, NC State615822371%1,77011070W 39-25 Louisville (5-1)Next: @ Pitt
8Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi St.57013253%783135343Bye week (3-2)Next: BYU
9Quinton Flowers, South Florida56311953%934152395Bye week (5-0)Next: Cincinnati
10Justice Hansen, Arkansas St.49815165%1,30114631W 43-25 Georgia Southern (2-2)Next: Coastal Carolina
11Kenny Hill, TCU510014569%1,15312389W 31-24 West Virginia (5-0)Next: @ Kansas State
12Stephen Johnson, Kentucky69915564%1,238112144W 40-34 Missouri (5-1)Next: @ Mississippi State 10/21
13Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma510013475%1,63516074L 38-31 Iowa State (4-1)Next: Texas
14Trace McSorley, Penn St.613019467%1,597174178W 31-7 Northwestern (6-0)Next: Michigan 10/21
15Josh Rosen, UCLA515924565%2,13518523Bye week (3-2)Next: @ Arizona
16Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St.511717368%1,90921460Bye week (4-1)Next: Baylor
17Brandon Silvers, Troy511818265%1,2414221Bye week (4-1)Next: South Alabama
18Nick Stevens, Colorado St.613621763%1,87115675W 27-14 Utah State (4-2)Next: Nevada
19Clayton Thorson, Northwestern511017862%1,20377-66L 31-7 Penn State (2-3)Next: @ Maryland
20Mike White, Western Ky.512519066%1,25563-63W 15-14 UTEP (3-2)Next: Charlotte
21Logan Woodside, Toledo511117364%1,635111-6W 20-15 Eastern Michigan (4-1)Next: @ Central Michigan