Nathan Peterman Placed on Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List
The Pitt Quarterback Tossed for 2,287 Yards and 20 Touchdowns in 2015
PITTSBURGH – Pitt senior quarterback Nathan Peterman was named a candidate for the 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award when its watch list was released on Thursday.
After taking over the role as Pitt’s signal-calling passer in 2015, Peterman started the final 11 contests of the season and finished with 2,287 passing yards and 20 touchdowns compared to just eight interceptions—with 15 TDs and only one INT over eight conference games. He also completed 61.5% of his passes to rank second among all ACC quarterbacks.
Peterman enters his redshirt senior season with the Panthers as one of eight returning starters on Pitt’s offense as the native of Jacksonville, Fla., completes his MBA in Pitt’s Katz Graduate School of Business. (Bold mine)
Named after one of the great quarterbacks in the history of the game, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award annually honors college football’s top senior or fourth-year junior passer based on criteria including character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership and athletic accomplishments.
Past winners of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award include Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Mississippi, 2003); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011) and last year’s winner Connor Cook (Michigan State, 2015). This year’s recipient will be announced at a ceremony on Dec. 9 in Baltimore, Md.
Peterman earned his first watch-list selection of the 2016 preseason and became Pitt’s 15th overall candidate for several of college football’s most prestigious awards.
Updated 2016 Pitt Preseason Watch-List Selections (15 total):
Maxwell Award: RB James Conner
Chuck Bednarik Award: DE Ejuan Price, S Jordan Whitehead
Rimington Trophy: C Alex Officer
Ray Guy Award: P Ryan Winslow
Bronko Nagurski Trophy: S Jordan Whitehead
Outland Trophy: OL Adam Bisnowaty, OL Dorian Johnson
Jim Thorpe Award: S Jordan Whitehead
Wuerffel Trophy: RB James Conner, OL Adam Bisnowaty, LB Mike Caprara
Doak Walker Award: RB James Conner
Paul Hornung Award: S Jordan Whitehead
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award: QB Nathan Peterman
(Note – take a look at the 30 yard out pattern throw at the 1:51 mark of the video. It’s on a rope. That’s why he was named starter.)