Nick Stevens, Kent Myers, Christian Chapman Named to Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List
Nick Stevens, Kent Myers and Christian Chapman are among the nation’s best veteran quarterbacks, according to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list.
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Stevens, Myers and Chapman each bring something different to the race for the Golden Arm.
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation’s best senior or fourth-year junior quarterback, released its list of 47 quarterbacks today and three Mountain West signal-callers made the cut.
Colorado State’s Nick Stevens may have been the best quarterback in the Group of 5 during the second half of the 2016 season, leading the nation in QB rating during November averaging at least 10 yards per attempt in the Rams’ last five games. On the season, he threw for 1,936 yards and 19 touchdowns, positioning CSU as one of the Group of 5’s top contenders for a New Year’s Day bowl.
Kent Myers had something of a down year at Utah State last fall, throwing for just 2,389 yards and 10 touchdowns with a 58.4% completion rate. However, he’ll be at the helm of a new up-tempo offense in Logan this season, and he has a track record as an accurate quarterback who could easily make it work: Myers completed 62.8% of his passes with a 1.8% interception rate and a 21-to-6 TD/INT ratio in 2014-15.
Christian Chapman led San Diego State to its second straight Mountain West title in 2016, totaling 1,994 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore. With a steady hand under center, the Aztecs will certainly be in the mix to defend its conference crown.
Last year’s Golden Arm winner was Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.