Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell is among 26 of the nation’s top senior college quarterbacks that have made the first cut to be considered for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented by Transamerica Insurance and Investment Group, a leading provider of innovative business and personal financial services.
Harrell led the nation in passing during his junior season en route to becoming only the sixth quarterback in NCAA history to eclipse 5,000 yards with his 5,705-yard effort. He trails only Kliff Kingsbury in the Texas Tech record book on all career lists and is approaching several NCAA milestones.
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is presented annually to the nation’s top senior
collegiate quarterback, by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation,
Inc. This prestigious award bears the name of who many refer to as the finest
quarterback to ever play the game of football. Established in 1987, the Johnny
Unitas Golden Arm Award has previously honored 20 outstanding young
The award takes into consideration his impressive collegiate career to this point, as well as his off-the-field values of good character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, and strong leadership qualities.
Other senior college quarterbacks in the top 26 are: C.J. Bacher of Northwestern, Todd Boeckman of Ohio State, Rhett Bomar of Sam Houston State, Tom Brandstater of Fresno State, Hunter Cantwell of Louisville, Rudy Carpenter of Arizona State, Chase Clement of Rice, Chase Daniel of Missouri, Joe Ganz of Nebraska, Sean Glennon of Virginia Tech, Cullen Harper of Clemson, Graham Harrell of Texas Tech, Chase Holbrook of New Mexico State, Brian Hoyer of Michigan State, Will Hudgens of Memphis, Brian Johnson of Utah, Nate Longshore of California, Tyler Lorenzen of Connecticut, Stephen McGee of Texas A&M, Ben Olson of UCLA, Curtis Painter of Purdue, John Parker Wilson of Alabama, Mike Teel of Rutgers, Willie Tuitama of Arizona, Pat White of West Virginia, and Drew Willy of University of Buffalo. These quarterbacks were selected by a committee of well-recognized football experts from across the United States.
The 2008 winner will be presented with the award on December 5th at the Tremont Grand Meeting & Banquet Facility, in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.