Mariota Named Unitas Golden Arm Award® Winner

Marcus Mariota was honored on Monday by being named The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award® winner. The award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., and Transamerica to the nation's top quarterback who best exemplifies character, scholastic and athletic achievement.

Marcus Mariota has completed 229 of 334 passes for 3,470 yards 48 touchdowns with just two interceptions and a QB rating of 190.2. He also rushed for 636 yards and 14 TDs. Mariota is averaging 342.2 yards per game this season. Earlier this month, Mariota was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the year.

Oregon, will appear in the 2015 Rose Bowl in the NCAA semi-finals against Florida State

“Marcus is as humble and gracious off the field as he is poised and electrifying on it,” said Andy McNamara, Assistant Athletic Director for the University of Oregon said in a media release from The Johnny Unitas Golden Award Foundation. “He is an exceptional ambassador for not just the football program, but the University of Oregon as a whole.”

According to the media release, candidates for the Golden Arm Award – which has been presented at the end of each college football season since 1987 – must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities.

Mariota’s achievements will be honored on Friday, December 12, in Baltimore, MD.

Past Golden Arm Award winners include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Matt Ryan (Boston College.

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