Thompson-Robinson Named to Unitas Award Top 10
Baltimore, MD - Dorian Thompson-Robinson was selected on Thursday as one of the Top 10 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in an announcement made by The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., along with presenting sponsor A. O. Smith Corporation.
The candidates are selected by the distinguished Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, and former players. The award annually recognizes the top senior or upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class. Candidates are chosen based on player performance on-and-off the field.
Thompson-Robinson, who is rated second in the nation with a completion percentage of .738, made his 42nd career start last week at Oregon to move into second on UCLA's all-time list behind only Cade McNown (1995-98), who had 44. He is ranked ninth nationally in passing efficiency at 172.3 (McNown owns the UCLA record with a 168.6 mark in 1997). With 9,313 career passing yards, DTR can move up the all-time school charts with 29 passing yards against Stanford and go past No. 3 Josh Rosen (2015-17) who has 9,341. No. 2 on that list is Brett Hundley (2011-14) who threw for 9,966 yards. Atop the list is Cade McNown (1995-98), who totaled 10,708 passing yards.
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). 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 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.
2022 Golden Arm Award Top 10 presented by A. O. Smith
Stetson Bennett, Georgia
Max Duggan, TCU
Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
Will Levis, Kentucky
Bo Nix, Oregon
Will Rogers, Mississippi State
CJ Stroud, Ohio State
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA
Bryce Young, Alabama