Trevone Boykin headlines five Unitas Golden Arm Award finalists

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Along with Leonard Fournette, Trevone Boykin is widely viewed as one of the two front-runners for the 2015 Heisman Trophy. Not surprisingly, the TCU senior is up for an award that honors only quarterbacks.

Wednesday, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award announced that it has whittled its original 30-quarterback field down to just five finalists. Before listing that select group, and for the umpteenth year in a row, I’ll remind all of our lovely readers that the Unitas is awarded annually to players who are either college seniors or fourth-year juniors who are scheduled to graduate with their class.

With that said, and armed with the knowledge that it won’t make a spit bit of difference in the comments section below as someone will invariably whine about X player being excluded even as he’s ineligible, the five finalists are Boykin, Michigan State’s Connor Cook, USC’s Cody Kessler, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott.

Kessler and Prescott were finalists for the 2014 award that was won by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.  In fact, three-fifths of last year’s finalists came from the Pac-12, with UCLA’s Brett Hundley being the other.  This year, the finalists are spread amongst five different conferences, including four Power Five leagues.

Below are the brief statistical sketches of the five finalists, provided by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award:

  • Trevone Boykin (TCU) — After 9 weeks of play, Boykin has completed 198 of 297 passes for 2,927 yards (67% completion rate) throwing for 28 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions, and a QB rating of 177.2
  • Connor Cook (Michigan State) — After 9 weeks of play, Cook has completed 145 of 253 passes for 2,060 yards (57% completion rate) throwing for 17 touchdowns with just 2 interceptions and a QB rating of 146.5
  • Cody Kessler (USC) — After 9 weeks of play, Kessler has completed 174 of 247 passes for 2,268 yards (70% completion rate) throwing for 18 touchdowns with just 5 interceptions, and a QB rating of 167.6
  • Paxton Lynch (Memphis) — After 9 weeks of play, Lynch has completed 200 of 285 passes for 2,709 yards (70% completion rate) throwing for 18 touchdowns with just 1 interception, and a QB rating of 170.2
  • Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) — After 9 weeks of play, Prescott has completed 173 of 260 passes for 2,048 yards (67% completion rate) throwing for 14 touchdowns with just 1 interception, and a QB rating of 149.7