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Dec 16, 2020

Lawrence Named Finalist for Unitas Award

The Golden Arm Award Selection Committee announced today that Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been named as one of five finalists for the 2020 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Lawrence becomes the fourth Clemson quarterback ever to be named a finalist for the award, joining Cullen Harper and Tajh Boyd, who were each among 10 finalists in 2008 and 2013, respectively, and Deshaun Watson, who won the award in 2016.

Additional information from award organizers is included below.


The annual competition to select the top college quarterback in the nation has been narrowed from an original field of 47 to five finalists for the 2020 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented by A. O. Smith.

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 to the top upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class.

Top 5 Golden Arm Award Candidates:

The semifinalists, finalists, and award recipient are selected by the distinguished Golden Arm Award Selection Committee, a group of prominent football journalists, former coaches and players, general managers, commentators, announcers, and other former award recipients.

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Education Foundation’s charitable mission is to promote the game of football on all levels by providing financial aid to deserving young scholar athletes. The award acknowledges performance on the field, but it goes beyond completion percentage and touchdown strikes. The award values character, citizenship, integrity and those who honor the game.

In addition to honoring the top college quarterback, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., has awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships to scholar-athletes from local area high schools both in Maryland and Kentucky. During one of the most unprecedented years of youth and college athletics, the Foundation remains committed to providing scholarships and financial aid to deserving athletes through 2020.

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.

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To learn more about the Golden Arm Award, please visit: Golden Arm Foundation or Golden Arm Award. Additionally, please follow the conversation throughout the college football season on Twitter and use the hashtags #GoldenArmAward and #InnovationLeaders.

Golden Arm Award Season Timeline

December 19, 2020
Conference Championship Games

December 21, 2020
2020 Golden Arm Award Winner announcement
*Subject to change

About the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is presented annually to the season’s top upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Selection Committee. Candidates are chosen based on player performance on and off the field – the award values character, citizenship, integrity and those who honor the game. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation is an independent, 501 (c) (3) non- profit charitable organization that was founded in 1987 by Hall of Fame quarterback, Johnny Unitas. In addition to honoring a player with the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Foundation has awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships to deserving scholar-athletes from local area high schools both in Maryland and Kentucky and strives to promote the game of football on all levels.

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