Klatt on Unitas Watch List

Colorado senior quarterback Joel Klatt is among 22 in the hunt for the 2005 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Twenty-two senior quarterbacks, including Joel Klatt, have been selected as the top candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.

The nation's top senior quarterback is selected for the award from a list compiled by a select committee of football experts from across the United States. The committee will choose five finalists plus any ties and announce the list on Oct. 19.

Klatt enters his final campaign in position to establish almost every single-season and/or career passing record in school history. The 2005 recipient will be announced Nov. 30, with the award presentation to be made in Louisville on December 9 at the Clarion Conference Center.

The award bears the name of who many refer to as the finest quarterback to ever play the game of football. Established in 1987, quarterbacks.

Oklahoma quarterback Jason White won the award last year. Other past recipients include Don McPherson (Syracuse, 1987), Rodney Peete (USC, 1988), Tony Rice (Notre Dame, 1989), Craig Erickson (Miami, Fla., 1990), Casey Weldon (Florida St., 1991), Gino Torretta (Miami, Fla., 1992), Charlie Ward (Florida St., 1993), Jay Barker (Alabama, 1994), Tommie Frazier (Nebraska, 1995), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996), Payton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Cade McNown (UCLA, 1998), Chris Redman (Louisville, 1999), Chris Weinke (Florida State, 2000), David Carr (Fresno State, 2001), Carson Palmer (USC, 2002) and Eli Manning (Mississippi, 2003). 2005 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Candidates
Player, School, 2004 Statistics

Brett Basanez, Northwestern 247-460 passes, 2,838 yds., 12 TDs Josh Betts, Miami (Ohio) 267-442 passes, 3,495 yds., 23 TDs Kellen Clemens, Oregon 223-372 passes, 2,548 yds., 22 TDs Brodie Croyle, Alabama 44-66 passes, 534 yds., 6 TDs Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt 147-241 passes, 1,844 yds., 10 TDs Jay Davis, North Carolina St. 175-313 passes, 2,104 yds., 12 TDs Brett Elliott, Linfield College 290-437 passes, 4,595 yds., 61 TDs Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo 280-399 passes, 3,518 yds., 27 TDs Darrell Hackney, UAB 197-358 passes, 3,070 yds., 26 TDs Marques Halans, Virginia 164-261 passes, 2,024 yds., 9 TDs Justin Holland, Colorado State 121-197 passes, 1,622 yds., 6 TDs Joel Klatt, Colorado 192-334 passes, 2,065 yds., 9 TDs Matt Leinart, USC 269-412 passes, 3,322 yds., 33 TDs Travis Lulay, Montana State 269-490 passes, 3,485 yds., 15 TDs Reggie McNeal, Texas A & M 200-344 passes, 2,791 yds., 14 TDs Drew Olson, UCLA 196-341 passes, 2,565 yds., 20 TDs Paul Pinegar, Fresno State 173-292 passes, 2,099 yds., 23 TDs Quinton Porter, Boston College *140-250 passes, 1,764 yds., 14 TDs * 2003 statistics; redshirted in 2004 Michael Robinson, Penn State 14-39 passes, 170 yds., 1 TDs D.J. Shockley, Georgia 26-60 passes, 464 yds., 4 TDs Brad Smith, Missouri 191-369 passes, 2,185 yds., 17 TDs Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson 177-349 passes, 2,067 yds., 7 TDs

Note: All candidates must be completing their college eligibility this season to be eligible for The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Candidates are judged upon citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments.

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