Harrington Among Five Finalists for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Nov. 1, 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington has been selected as one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.

The announcement by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation is just one more honor collected by the Ducks' senior signal caller as he heads down the home stretch of his collegiate career looking to add a second straight Pac-10 title to his brilliant resume.

Harrington is joined among the other finalists by Fresno State's David Carr, Nebraska's Eric Crouch, Illinois' Kurt Kittner and Northwestern's Zak Kustok.

Established in 1987, the awardee honoring the nation's top senior quarterback is chosen by a select committee of football experts from across the country.

The 2001 recipient will be announced Nov. 27, with the award presentation to be made in Louisville on Dec. 7.

The announcement comes on the heels of Harrington being named one of 10 leading candidates in line for the Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year Award. That award - the fourth oldest individual college football award in the country - is viewed as a strong indicator for the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy.

Harrington began the year as one of the country's top college quarterbacks and has done little to dispel that notion. Completing 143 of 245 passes (58.4%) for 1,796 yards and 16 touchdowns, he ranks 10th in the country in points accountable for (16.8 avg.) while guiding eighth-ranked Oregon to a 7-1 record and a share of the conference lead.

Yet his biggest asset is that of a winner, possessing a 21-3 collegiate record in games as a starter over the course of the last three seasons.