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Shea Patterson named finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

This comes after making the first cut for the Davey O’Brien Award earlier this week.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Two award lists in one week for Shea Patterson.

A day after earning a spot on the Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist list, the junior quarterback made the finalist cut Thursday for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The official website announced the 10 finalists based on the following criteria:

“After 10 weeks of play, the Golden Arm Award Selection Committee selected the remaining nominees based on player performance on-and-off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class.”

Patterson was an early enrollee at Ole Miss in Jan. 2016, so he is eligible for the honors.

Penn State’s Trace McSorley is the only other conference quarterback on the list. The full list is:

  • Eric Dungey, Syracuse
  • Ryan Finley, NC State
  • Will Grier, West Virginia
  • Justin Herbert, Oregon
  • Drew Lock, Missouri
  • Trace McSorley, Penn State
  • McKenzie Milton, UCF
  • Gardner Minshew, Washington State
  • Shea Patterson, Michigan
  • Brett Rypien, Boise State

The 6-foot-2 Toledo, Ohio native has impressive stats through nine games, bolstering a balanced offense that ranks No. 24 per S&P+.


  • 134-of-200 attempts (66 percent comp.)
  • 1,667 total yards, 206-yard average/game
  • 14 touchdowns
  • 3 interceptions


  • 186 yards, 81-yard long run
  • 2 touchdowns

The award will be presented on Dec. 7 in Baltimore.