Of the 15 top senior quarterbacks in the nation, three are in the SEC, according to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The list of semifinalists was released Thursday, and it includes Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs, Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight and Mississippi’s Chad Kelly.
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list cut down to 15 QBs. 3 from SEC but no Drew Lock, if you wondered pic.twitter.com/TMXB8CnkB2
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 13, 2016
Matter notes the omission of Missouri QB Drew Lock. While, yes, his passing line is impressive (14 TDs, 4 INTs, 1,675 yards), he is only a sophomore and therefore not eligible for the award. It is given to the top senior quarterback (or fourth-year junior on track to graduate) each year.
Knight has only nine touchdowns to five interceptions but has thrown for 1,500 yards on his way to leading the Aggies to a 6-0 record and No. 6 AP ranking. He’s one of few dual-threat QBs on the list, also adding 502 yards and nine scores on the ground.
Kelly and Dobbs can both move around, too, but each has more impressive passing stats to complement their ground games. Dobbs has thrown for 14 touchdowns but eight interceptions, while Kelly has the most yards (1,596) and fewest picks (four) of the bunch. His 13:4 TD-INT ratio is also best among the SEC signal callers.
AJ McCarron in 2013 was the last SEC quarterback to win the award. He’s the only SEC winner since Eli Manning brought home the hardware in 2003.