The Big 12 is having a stellar year when it comes to quarterback performances. Nearly half of the conference’s starting quarterbacks are still eligible for a major honor.
Four starting quarterbacks from Big 12 teams made the final 20 for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the senior quarterback with the most outstanding season in college football.
The Johnny Unitas Award for best QB has trimmed its list to 20 candidates (this is really an outstanding year for college QBs): pic.twitter.com/U0jwEtTa64
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) October 11, 2017
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, TCU’s Kenny Hill and Kansas State’s Jesse Ertz were all named to the list – accounting for a fifth of the candidates.
Mayfield and Rudolph are likely the front-runners for the award. The two lead all of college football with respective total quarterback ratings of 92.7 and 88.0. Both were considered preseason Heisman Trophy candidates by countless pundits.
The Big 12’s four quarterbacks were tied with the Big Ten for the most of any Power 5 conference on the list.
Plenty of football is still to be played before the award is presented. For now though, the Big 12 appears to be in good hands with senior quarterbacks rising to the occasion.
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