JOE BURROW, LSU

LSU Tigers, Joe Burrow has won the 2019 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award®, presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and A. O. Smith Corporation to the nation’s top quarterback who best exemplifies character, scholastic and athletic achievement.

View Announcement

2019

Joe Burrow

LSU

LSU Tigers, Joe Burrow has won the 2019 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award®, presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and A. O. Smith Corporation to the nation’s top quarterback who best exemplifies character, scholastic and athletic achievement.

402
5,671
60
  • 2019 Completions

  • 2019 Passing Yards

  • 2019 Passing TDs

2018

468
4,779
38
  • 2018 Completions

  • 2018 Passing Yards

  • 2018 Passing TDs

Gardner Minshew, II

Washington State University

Washington State University quarterback Gardner Minshew, II has won the 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® Presented by A. O. Smith. The prestigious award is given annually to the nation’s top quarterback who best exemplifies character, scholastic and athletic achievement.

2017

Mason Rudolph

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University quarterback Mason Rudolph is the winner of the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc.

The native of Rock Hill, South Carolina has quarterbacked OSU to a 31-9 record as a starter and has led the Cowboys to 10 victories in games in which they trailed during the second half. Rudolph has beat every team in the Big 12 during his career and he holds no fewer than 50 school records. He enters the bowl game with 13,267 career passing yards, a mark that ranks fourth in Big 12 history.

318
4,904
37
  • 2017 Completions

  • 2017 Passing Yards

  • 2017 Passing TDs

2016

388
4,593
41
  • 2016 Completions

  • 2016 Passing Yards

  • 2016 Passing TDs

Deshaun Watson

Clemson University

Clemson University quarterback Deshaun Watson has won the 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

He was named the Most Valuable Player of the ACC Championship game for the second consecutive year. For the season, Watson has completed 329 of 487 passes for 3914 yards and 37 touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the nation in completions, fifth in touchdown passes and eighth in completion percentage and eighth in total offense. His 37 touchdown passes are a Clemson season record.

2015

Connor Cook

Michigan State

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has won the 2015  Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Fifth-year senior quarterback Connor Cook, the winningest quarterback in school history, owns a 34-4 record (.895) as the starter, including a 23-2 (.920) mark against Big Ten opponents. The 34 wins are second most among active starting quarterbacks in the NCAA FBS (Stanford’s Kevin Hogan with 35), and Cook’s .895 winning percentage is No. 1 (minimum 24 starts). Cook is 5-1 against Associated Press Top 10 teams in his career, including 3-0 in 2015, and is 8-3 against AP Top 25 opponents. His 38 career starts are second most in MSU history, trailing only Kirk Cousins, who made 39 career starts from 2009-11.

229
3,131
24
  • 2015 Completions

  • 2015 Passing Yards

  • 2015 Passing TDs

2014

304
4,454
42
  • 2014 Completions

  • 2014 Passing Yards

  • 2014 Passing TDs

Marcus Mariota

Oregon

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has won the 2014  Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

After 14 weeks of play, Mariota has completed 229 of 334 passes for 3,470 yards (69% completion rate) throwing for 48 touchdowns with just 2 interceptions and a QB rating of 190.2. The Honolulu native led the Pac-12 quarterbacks in rushing yards with 636. Mariota ranks fifth in the nation in total offense, averaging 342.2 yards per game and he has been selected as the Pac-12 offensive player of the year.

2013

AJ McCarron

Alabama

Alabama Quarterback AJ McCarron is the winner of the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

McCarron had an outstanding year in leading the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide to an 11-1 record, completing 67.6% of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns against only 5 interceptions.

226
3,063
28
  • 2013 Completions

  • 2013 Passing Yards

  • 2013 Passing TDs

2012

197
2,641
16
  • 2012 Completions

  • 2012 Passing Yards

  • 2012 Passing TDs

Collin Klein

Kansas State

Kansas State’s Collin Klein is the winner of the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Klein, whom many regard as the heart and soul of the team leading the deepest conference in college football, was selected from an original field of 29 of college’s top quarterbacks, including finalists A.J. McCarron (Alabama), Geno Smith (West Virginia), Matt Barkley (USC), and E.J. Manuel (Florida State).

2011

Andrew Luck

Stanford

Andrew Luck is the winner of the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

“Andrew personifies everything that my father stood for. He is not simply an outstanding quarterback, but an outstanding individual, a leader both on and off the field,” says John C. Unitas, Jr. President of The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.

288
3,517
37
  • 2011 Completions

  • 2011 Passing Yards

  • 2011 Passing TDs

2010

194
2,459
16
  • 2010 Completions

  • 2010 Passing Yards

  • 2010 Passing TDs

Scott Tolzien

Wisconsin

Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien has been named the winner of the 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, it was announced on Monday. Tolzien is the first player in Wisconsin history to win the award, which debuted in 1987 and is given annually to the country’s top senior quarterback.

Boasting a career record of 21-4, Tolzien led the Badgers to a share of the 2010 Big Ten championship and a berth in the 2011 Rose Bowl against No. 3 TCU.

2009

Colt McCoy

Texas

University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has been named the 2009 winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top senior college quarterback by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc.

332
3,521
27
  • 2009 Completions

  • 2009 Passing Yards

  • 2009 Passing TDs

2008

442
5,111
45
  • 2008 Completions

  • 2008 Passing Yards

  • 2008 Passing TDs

Graham Harrell

Texas Tech

The first Texas Tech quarterback to earn All-America honors on any team since 1953, Graham Harrell completed his stellar college football career this season by setting school marks in career touchdown passes (130) and career TDs responsible for (142). Harrell ranks second in NCAA career passing yardage with 15,429 yards, thanks to games such as this year’s 474-yard, 2-TD performance against Texas followed the next week by a 456-yard, 6-TD win over Oklahoma State. Those games led to Harrell being named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for two successive weeks, as well as his fourth AT&T All-American of the Week honor.

2007

Matt Ryan

Boston College

ACC Player of the Year, winner of the 2007 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Heisman Trophy candidate, finalist for 2007 Manning Award, finalist for 2007 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award.  Matt Ryan has a 24-6 record in 30 career starts: 10-2 in 2007, 9-3 in 2006, 5-0 in 2005 and 0-1 in 2004.  Boston College career leader in pass completions (752)…ranks third on school’s list for career touchdown passes (53) and career passing yards (8,759). Matt has registered 11,300 yard passing games, including five games with more than 400 yards.

388
4,507
31
  • 2007 Completions

  • 2007 Passing Yards

  • 2007 Passing TDs

2006

289
3,426
37
  • 2006 Completions

  • 2006 Passing Yards

  • 2006 Passing TDs

Brady Quinn

Notre Dame

Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn has been named the 2006 winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. to the best senior college quarterback in the nation. The official announcement was aired last Friday night on “Out of Bounds,” on CN8, The Comcast Network.

Archived Winners

Matt Leinart
USC

Jason White
Oklahoma

Eli Manning
Ole Miss

Carson Palmer
USC

David Carr
Fresno State

Chris Weinke
Florida State

Chris Redman
Louisville

Cade McNown
UCLA

Peyton Manning
Tennessee

Danny Wuerffel
Florida

Tommie Frazier
Nebraska

Jay Barker
Alabama

Charlie Ward
Florida State

Gino Torretta
Miami

Casey Weldon
Florida State

Craig Erickson
Miami

Tony Rice
Notre Dame

Rodney Peete
USC

Don McPherson
Syracuse