Oct. 19, 2011
BALTIMORE - Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award, the award's foundation announced Wednesday.
The award is presented annually to the top senior or fourth-year junior quarterback by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Foundation. Candidates are judged for performance on the field, as well as values, character, citizenship and integrity. The 2011 Golden Arm Award will be presented Dec. 9.
RG3 is one of four Big 12 quarterbacks among the 10 finalists. He's joined by Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill. With two representatives, the Pac-12 is the only other conference with multiple finalists.
A native of Copperas Cove, Texas, Griffin III has completed 142 of 182 passes for 1,950 yards, 22 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He leads the nation in passing touchdowns, points responsible for (24.0 per game) and yards per attempt (10.71). He ranks second nationally with a 205.71 pass efficiency rating and 78.0 completion percentage.
RG3 recently earned his 44th school record, setting the single-game mark for passing yards with 430 yards on Saturday at Texas A&M. He also ranks 10th in school history with 1,850 career rushing yards.
The former All-American track hurdler received his undergraduate degree in political science in December and is currently enrolled in graduate school.
The Bears return to action at 2:30 p.m. CT on Oct.29 when they take on Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. The game will be televised live nationally on ABC.
2011 Johnny Unitas Award Finalists:
Nick Foles, Arizona
Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Case Keenum, Houston
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas