Carson Palmer Named A Semifinalist For Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Oct. 23, 2002

LOS ANGELES--USC quarterback Carson Palmer has been named as one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the nation's top senior college quarterback.

The other finalists are Ken Dorsey of Miami, Byron Leftwich of Marshall, Seneca Wallace of Iowa State and Dave Ragone of Louisville.

Palmer, who owns six USC career passing and total offense records, has passed for 1,981 yards and 13 touchdowns while completing 164 of 272 attempts for the No. 15 Trojans.

Dorsey has completed 96 of 177 passes for 1,406 yards and 16 touchdowns for the top-ranked Hurricanes. Leftwich has thrown for the most yards and touchdowns among the finalists, connecting on 168 of 254 passes for 2,314 yards and 17 TDs. Wallace has hit on 128 of 214 passes for 1,844 yards and 11 TDs. Ragone has completed 128 of 235 passes for 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns.

In 1988, USC's Rodney Peete won the second-ever Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The award is named for the Hall of Fame quarterback who played at Louisville before his 18-year NFL career. Unitas died Sept. 11.

The winner will be announced Dec. 4 and then honored at a dinner in Louisville on Dec. 13. David Carr of Fresno State, who was later taken first overall in the NFL draft by the Houston Texans, won the award last year.

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