Matt Leinart Named A Finalist For Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Oct. 20, 2005

USC's Matt Leinart has been named one of seven finalists for the 2005 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback.

Leinart, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2004, is ranked eighth nationally in both passing efficiency and total offense. He has passed for 1,947 yards and 12 touchdowns for the top-ranked Trojans, for whom he is 31-1 as a starter.

The other finalists for the award are Brett Basanez (Northwestern), Kellen Clemens (Oregon), Brodie Croyle (Alabama), Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt), Drew Olson (UCLA) and D.J. Shockley (Georgia).

Two Trojans previously have won the Unitas Golden Arm Award: Rodney Peete in 1988 and Carson Palmer in 2002.

The nation's top senior quarterback is selected for the award from a list compiled by a select committee of football experts from across the United States. The 2005 recipient will be announced Nov. 30, with the award presentation to be made in Louisville on December 9 at the Clarion Conference Center.

Established in 1987, the award bears the name of the man many refer to as the finest quarterback to ever play the game of football.

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