M-Rob Up For Unitas Award

Penn State captain among 22 in contention for award honoring the nation's top senior quarterback.

Robinson along with 21 other senior quarterbacks 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.

Robinson is a fifth-year senior for the Penn State fooltball program and entering his first season as a full-time starter at QB. He has previously played quarterback, receiver, slotback, tailback and fullback. He has a total of 2,641 yards passing, running and receiving in his career.

Others on the list are: Brett Basanez (Northwestern), Josh Betts (Miami, Ohio), Kellen Clemens (Oregon), Brodie Croyle (Alabama), Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt), Jay Davis (North Carolina State), Brett Elliott (Linfield College), Bruce Gradowski (Toledo), Darrell Hackney (UAB), Marques Halans (Virginia), Justin Holland (Colorado State), Joel Klatt (Colorado), Matt Leinart (USC), Travis Lulay (Montana State), Reggie McNeal (Texas A & M), Drew Olson (UCLA), Paul Pinegar (Fresno State), Quinton Porter (Boston College), D.J. Shockley (Georgia), Brad Smith (Missouri), and Charlie Whitehurst (Clemson). Additional candidates could be added at a later date if their performance dictates inclusion.

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.

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.

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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