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Thompson-Robinson Selected for Unitas Golden Arm Watch List

Aug 25, 2022
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1)

Baltimore, MD – Dorian Thompson-Robinson was named to the 2022 Class of Golden Arm Award candidates in an announcement by The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. along with presenting sponsor A.O. Smith Corporation. The award annually recognizes the top senior or upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class.
Last season, Thompson-Robinson led the Pac-12 in pass efficiency rating (153.9), total offense (274.4 yards/g), points responsible for (182), passing yards per completion (13.69) and passing yards per pass attempt (8.51). He also rated No. 10 in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (55.36). Thompson-Robinson has moved into the Top Five at UCLA in career passing yards, career completions and career TD passes heading into the 2022 campaign. He totaled over 300 yards of offense in 2021 games against Fresno State (345), Arizona State (330), Colorado (355) and USC (395). In that USC contest, he ran for two scores and passed for four more. Thompson-Robinson was named first-team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press.
In 2020, Thompson-Robinson posted a pass efficiency rating of 156.29 which was the highest by a Bruin starting quarterback since 2005. He became the first Bruin to rush for at least 100 yards (109) and pass for at least 300 yards (303) in the same game (at Colorado). Thompson-Robinson completed 30 of his 36 passing attempts against USC that season for an .833 completion percentage which was the highest mark by any Bruin signal caller in a game with at least 30 passing attempts. He tossed a season-high four touchdowns in contests against both Colorado and USC. Thompson-Robinson rushed for 306 yards on the season with a 5.6 yards per attempt average. The league coaches named him to the second-team All-Pac-12 squad.

In 2019, Thompson-Robinson established a new school record with 564 yards of total offense in a come-from-behind win at Washington State. He joined Josh Rosen, Cade McNown and Brett Hundley as the only Bruins to record multiple 400-yard total offense games for their careers.
The preseason Watch List, semifinalists, finalist, and award recipient are determined by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Selection Committee, a group of prominent sports journalists, commentators, announcers, and former players. The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing totals include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards and 290 touchdowns. Unitas threw a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive NFL games.
The 2022 award winner will be presented the Golden Arm Award trophy by The Johnny Unitas Educational Foundation President, John Unitas, Jr., at the Golden Arm Award banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore on December 7, 2022. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and presenting sponsor A. O. Smith continue to promote football on all levels by providing financial aid to deserving young scholar-athletes. 
UCLA opens the 2022 football season with three straight non-conference home contests in Pasadena. The slate of games begin on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Rose Bowl Stadium in a 11:30 a.m. PT kickoff that airs on Pac-12 Network. A Sept. 10 visit by Alabama State follows, with the Pac-12 Network-televised matchup slated for a 2 p.m. start. Pac-12 Network also provides coverage of the Sept. 17 battle with South Alabama, beginning at 11 a.m. For information on 2022 UCLA football season tickets, CLICK HERE.