Stanford's Andrew Luck has been named one of five finalists for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is presented to the top quarterback in the nation that best exemplifies outstanding character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.
Luck joins Baylor's Robert Griffin III, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Boise State's Kellen Moore and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden as this year's Golden Arm finalists.
Luck, who has quarterbacked Stanford to a 9-1 record this season and a No. 8 ranking in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, has completed 221 of 313 passes for 2,695 yards and 29 touchdowns. His 29 touchdown passes are tied for first in the Pac-12 Conference and rank second on Stanford's all-time single-season list, just three shy of his own mark set last season.
Luck enters Saturday's home game (7:15 p.m.) against California with 74 career touchdown passes and needs just three more to tie John Elway for first place on Stanford's all-time career list.
The Cardinal has posted a 29-5 record in Luck's 35 career starts, including a 7-2 record against Top 25 competition.
Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play football, the prestigious Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica, a leading provider of innovative business and personal financial services (www.transamerica.com).
Candidates for the Golden Arm Award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Intercontinental Harbor Court in Baltimore. The winner will be announced earlier that week.