QB Peterman on Unitas Award List

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.)

11 thoughts on “QB Peterman on Unitas Award List

    1. Yup…..with our stacked O-line (2 potential top 3 round draft pick final year guys + a potential top 10 pick in an ex-2 star tight end) + Pitt’s insane running back stable + Matt Canada’s love of the run game, Nathan Peterman is gonna see 8-11 players in the box constantly from offensive snap 1 until our bowl game.

      Especially against Penn State, Pitt’s first “REAL” game. Franklin’s first order of business is to get his front 7 and his safeties to sell-out to stop Pitt’s run game. Lol and please forget some Bull-Junk about “one-game-at-a-time” for Villanova, sorry. At PITT that mantra from this moment and the future better be reserved for Power 5 opponents. If our Pitt Panthers can’t show up totally hungover and with no sleep and still Steam-Roll the Wildcats (6-6 last year in FCS, c’mon) at Heinz then Pat Narduzzi needs to blow-it-up the moment the clock strikes quadruple-zero.

      @ Reed you preached to me and unfortunately you really swayed me on Nathan Peterman and his ability to potentially Evolve into a true Game-Changer level Quarterback for this year’s Pitt Football Program. I thought his “Intangibles” (which are actually super tangible lol —- Genuine Swag, Real Team leader unlike any who has been at QB for Pitt in….maybe ever, tough attitude, Grit n’ Guts, etc.) were off-the-charts from his very first Pitt interviews. Even after every game — win or loss — he took sincere accountability for every mistake he made and how it affected the whole team. After the North Carolina, Miami, and Navy games he genuinely took blame for his lackluster play, realizing that the entire team feeds off of their Quarterback and his efforts.

      …..But does Nathan Peterman have that rare edge as QB to win ballgames for Pitt when all of Pitt’s opposing coaches are going to say, “Hey if that Pitt QB beats us then fine, Kudos to him, but we are going to sell out with all we have to stop their run game”, or something along those lines? And the Big East days — even the ‘Weak ACC Coastal’ Days are lonnnng gone. Nathan Peterman is going to be going against Big-Time, incredibly well coached and motivated Defenders week-in and week-out.

      —- You know what? @ Reed you got me “Bullish of Nate Peterman” 🙂

      All credit to our Prototype Tight End Scott Orndoff and the hopeful Breakout Star Jester Weah, but I expect half of Nathan Peterman’s pass attempts to be an arrangement of screen passes to James Conner #1, Rachid Ibrahim, Quadree Ollison, and Darren Hall 🙂 . I expect Matt Canada is going to call ‘Cute’ (i.e. creative) screens to our running backs even more copiously than Chaney called his Pee-Wee wide tosses 🙂 .

      P.S. (Who?!) — If you ever want to get cocky Mr. Peterman, or ever don’t feel like working out or prepping, or are lacking motivation /+ inspiration, never,ever forget:


      1. Sorry @ Reed I meant ‘figuratively’ that you “preached” with your work, not to me directly! lol to be clear.

        Pat Narduzzi get our Boys FIRED UP!!

        Fall Camp starts in a few days!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  1. Dark – you reply to your own posts more than anyone I know…:)

    I do hope we see some RB swing passes and I think Orndoff will be in the 20-30 reception range but we are going to see more intermediate and deep passes than we have seen in the past. Put it this way… Our three returning leading receivers have great YPC averages:

    Ford 19.4, Orndoff 18.8 and Challingsworth 14.2. Now you can look at that two ways – that the guys were good with the ball after short throws or that Peterman was good with his intermediate/deeper throws. Either way it is a plus.

    I think it is the latter as Peterman throws very nice deep out patterns.

    Last year Ford was 16th nationally in YPC and Holtz would have come in 21st had he one more reception (must have two catches per game and he had 25).

    Factor in Weah, and my gut tells me he’ll be a success story this season, and that is some very solid returning receivers… again just now being able to get more receptions because the Wooly Mammoth in the room was drafted into the NFL.

    Now, do I see Peterman as a star QB who takes over every game to win them? No, but I do think our offense is going to be better than we have seen since 2009 when we scored 32.9 ppg. I think we could be up around 35 ppg if Peterman stays healthy and our running game is effective.

    Look – part of the reason I see a big passing game this season is that I don’t see a defense very much better than last year’s. We are going to get behind in games and have to pass to catch up. Everyone seems to think that we’ll just pound the ball for 1st downs and TDs but that takes up a lot of clock time…which is fine if your defense is throwing 3 and outs all the time but that won’t be the case.

    Our pass defense sucked last year and gave up big plays which grab yards in bunches in just a few seconds… plodding down field while the other team is scoring faster points is not a recipe for wins. Plus, Canada will open up the deep game more than Chaney did.


  2. At least I now see why Peterman fell out of favor in Tennessee – happens to many QBs but that was painful to watch. Coming back is the key and he has done so. Reed’s gut has had Wirginis stepping up for about half a decade but maybe it will work with Wee Aah. This Dark Horse for the Bilitnekoff Dark Knight watch list could stretch the field if he catches a pass in a game.


  3. Peterman is a high character guy, smart, leader, accurate passer, and average/above average scrambler. What’s not to like?
    How about this: there’s no one to back him up!!!
    Hence, everyone will be gunning to hurt him- especially Franklin. Talk about high drama for an entire season! Wow.


  4. Peterman deserves the accolades. He makes all the throws, and he is enough of a running threat that defenses will have to account for him, which can make the passing game even more effective. We have the receivers to catch Peterman’s passes ( Challingsworth is another guy that can be counted on) and will make it difficult,as games progress, for the defense to sell out against the run. What happened to Peterman at Navy?


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