Wednesday, October 19, 2005
University of Alabama senior quarterback Brodie Croyle has been selected as one of seven finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as announced by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.
Croyle joins fellow senior quarterbacks Brett Basanez (Northwestern), Kellen Clemens (Oregon), Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt), Matt Leinart (USC), Drew Olson (UCLA) and D.J. Shockley (Georgia).
Alabama's career passing touchdown leader (36), Croyle has passed for 1,345 yards and nine touchdowns for the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide. He has thrown at least one TD pass in 19 of his 22 career starts.
Croyle is one of three quarterbacks in school history to pass for more than 5,000 yards. He enters the Tennessee game with 5,228 career passing yards. Croyle needs 462 passing yards to move ahead of Jay Barker's (5,689 yards) second-place total. He also needs 756 yards to be the school's all-time leader ahead of Andrew Zow (5,983 yards).
The nation's top senior quarterback is selected for the award from a list compiled by a select committee of football experts from across the United States. The 2005 recipient will be announced Nov. 30, with the award presentation to be made in Louisville on December 9 at the Clarion Conference Center.
The prestigious award bears the name of who many refer to as the finest quarterback to ever play the game of football. Established in 1987, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has previously honored 18 outstanding young men.