Oct. 14, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama senior quarterback John Parker Wilson was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award on Tuesday.
The prestigious Golden Arm Award is presented annually to the nation's top senior quarterback by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica.
"It is a tremendous honor to be a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award," Wilson said. "Johnny Unitas was one of the greatest quarterbacks to every play the game, and to have my name mentioned along with his is something special. But we are only halfway through the season and there is a lot left to accomplish. I just want to go out there and help my team win football games and everything else will take care of itself."
The complete list of finalists for the 2008 Golden Arm Award is: Wilson, Tom Brandstater (Fresno State); Chase Clement (Rice); Chase Daniel (Missouri); Cullen Harper (Clemson); Graham Harrell (Texas Tech); Brian Johnson (Utah); Curtis Painter (Purdue); Pat White (West Virginia); Drew Willy (Buffalo).
Alabama has a rich tradition of signal callers and Wilson has eclipsed nearly all of their records. He is the Crimson Tide's season and career leader in completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and attempts.
Six games into his senior season, Wilson has guided the Crimson Tide to a 6-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking. The Hoover, Ala., native has passed for 853 yards while completing 59.8 percent of his passes with six touchdowns. His 127.70 passing efficiency rating ranks fifth in the Southeastern Conference and 50th nationally.
The 2008 winner will be presented with the Golden Arm Award at the Tremont Grand Meeting & Banquet Facility in downtown Baltimore, Md., on Dec. 5.
Boston College's Matt Ryan captured last year's Golden Arm Award before becoming the No. 1 overall draft pick of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and their starting quarterback. Alabama's Jay Barker captured the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 1994.
The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history, which earned him the recognition of being one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. He had an 18-year career in the NFL that included 17 years with the Baltimore Colts and 40,239 passing yards with 290 touchdowns. He played his collegiate career at Louisville (1951-54) where he passed for 3,007 yards and 27 touchdowns.
For more information, visit www.goldenarmaward.com or www.goldenarmfoundation.com.