Enderle named to Unitas Watch List

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO SENIOR QUARTERBACK NATHAN ENDERLE has been named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list for 2010, honoring the nation's top senior quarterback. Enderle (6-5, 233) is entering his fourth season as Idaho's field general, and is coming off a stellar '09 season in which he ranked 5th in the NCAA in passer efficiency and led the Vandals to a thrilling 43-42 bowl victory.

Poised for a standout 2010 season, Idaho senior quarterback Nathan Enderle (6-5, 233) has already made his mark on the Idaho record books. From the OFFICIAL University of Idaho athletics website, his stats going into the 2010 season include:
- Fourth on all-time average per game (211.6)
- Fifth on all-time passes attempted list (949)
- Sixth on all-time passes completed list (508)
- Sixth on all-time career passing yardage list (6,770)
- Ninth on all-time completion percentage list (53.6)
- 10th on all-time pass efficiency list (122.37)
- Third-best single season average per game (264.2)
- Sixth-best single-season pass efficiency rating (157.28)
- Ninth-best single-season completion percentage (61.5, 2009)
- Tied for sixth longest play after hooking up with Daniel Hardy for an
   81-yarder vs. Boise State in 2008
Enderle began his starting career as a redshirt freshman for the Vandals in the 2007 season opener at USC and never looked back. Since then, he has been instrumental in the turnaround in Moscow the last three years, and last fall guided the Vandal offense to its most productive output in years. In summary, he concluded 2009 with the fifth best pass efficiency rating (157.28) in the NCAA, and was ranked 15th in passing yards per game, 28th in total passing yards, and 45th in completions per game. He capped the 2009 season off by leading the team to its first winning record in a decade and first bowl appearance since 1998.

And as Vandal fans are well aware, Enderle was key in making Idaho's 2009 Humanitarian Bowl victory memorable, leading the Vandals on a length of the field, come-from-behind victory that included a 50 yard completion, followed by a laser to the endzone, followed by a clutch 2-point conversion pass for the victory with seconds left in the game and the 43-42 win.

Being recognized by the Johnny Unitas Award committee and being named to the watch list established in 1987 is an outstanding and deserving honor for Enderle, as he sets his sights on the 2010 season.

Enderle is joined on the watch list by fellow WAC senior QBs Colin Kaepernick (Nevada) and Ryan Colburn (Fresno State).

From the official Golden Arm website, the criteria for the award are defined as follows:
Determination of the Award will be based upon the on-field performance of the nominees, as well as their character. To be a Golden Arm Award Winner, these quarterbacks must demonstrate good citizenship off the field, and do their best to maintain the ideals of good character, morals, and values that Johnny Unitas upheld in his lifetime and career.

To be eligible for this Award, all candidates MUST be completing their college eligibility this season to be eligible for The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments. They MUST also preserve a positive public image above reproach by avoiding legal issues or other types of scandal.

Watch List for the 2010 Golden Arm Award

Austen Arnaud, Iowa State
Ben Chappell, Indiana
Ryan Colburn, Fresno State
Andy Dalton, TCU
Dwight Dasher, MTSU
Pat Devlin, University of Delaware
Ricky Dobbs, Navy
Nathan Enderle, Idaho
Zach Frazer, Connecticut
Jerrod Johnson, Texas A & M
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
Case Keenum, Houston
Jake Locker, Washington
Greg McElroy, Alabama
Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech
Christian Ponder, Florida State
Kevin Riley, California
Trey Revell, University of Louisiana Monroe
Ricky Stanzi, Iowa
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
T.J. Yates, North Carolina

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