The Big Ten has never had a lot of success when it comes to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and when the Golden Arm Foundation released its list of 15 semifinalists on Wednesday there wasn’t a whole lot of love for the conference. In fact, there is only one Big Ten quarterback on the list.
But one may be enough for the conference to win the award for the third time.
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett was Big Ten’s lone semifinalist on a list that included four Big 12 quarterbacks. The award is given annually to the nation’s best senior or fourth-year quarterback.
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list cut down to 15 QBs. 3 from SEC but no Drew Lock, if you wondered pic.twitter.com/TMXB8CnkB2
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 13, 2016
Barrett has led the Buckeyes to 53.2 points per game, an unbeaten record and a No. 2 ranking. OSU has outscored its Big Ten competition 96-17 in just two games. He’s completing passes at a 64.2-percent clip for 981 yards, 15 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also has 342 yards and 4 touchdowns on 70 carries, for good measure.
Former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook won the award last year. He was only the second Big Ten quarterback to win it since the award was created in 1987, joining Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien in 2010.