Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen has claimed a spot on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List, announced Wednesday.
Established in 1987, the award is named after one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and presented annually at the end of each season to the nation’s top college quarterback based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class.
The award will be presented at a ceremony on Dec. 11 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Allen is one of only three Southeastern Conference quarterbacks represented on the 30-man watch list. Earlier this month, the Fayetteville, Arkansas native was named to the Manning Award Watch List after serving as a counselor at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy. Allen has also been tabbed the No. 22 draft-eligible quarterback by Phil Steele.
The senior signal caller enters his final campaign with a streak of 90 consecutive pass attempts without an interception and has tallied 25 career starts, more than any other SEC quarterback. He is one of just three active quarterbacks in the nation to pass for 20-plus touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions last season. His 4,023 passing yards and 34 career touchdown passes rank second among returning SEC quarterbacks.
Allen will be on the Razorback record book watch for most of 2015 as he already ranks sixth in program history in career touchdown passes and is 29 shy of becoming the school’s all-time leader. He is also 254 career completions and 377 career passing attempts away from setting school marks in those categories.
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