Joe Burrow should clear some serious room on his trophy case ahead of the next few weeks. He’s the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, and today, added one of the other major college football awards to his resume.
Burrow is the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He beat out a group of upperclassmen including Justin Herbert, Tyler Huntley, and Jalen Hurts.
Past winners of the award include Gardner Minshew, Mason Rudolph, Deshaun Watson, Marcus Mariota, AJ McCarron, and Andrew Luck. More on the qualifications for the award:
“Candidates for the Golden Arm Award – which has been presented at the end of each college football season since 1987 – must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, teamwork and leadership qualities.”
Today, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Foundation announced Joe Burrow as the 2019 recipient.
LSU’s Joe Burrow wins Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to nation’s top QB who best exemplifies character, scholastic & athletic achievement
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 4, 2019
From the organization’s release:
“Burrow on the verge of becoming the most decorated offensive player in LSU history as he’s set numerous school records as a senior in 2019. Joe led LSU to a perfect 12-0 mark and a No. 1 national ranking during the regular season. First player in SEC history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 TDs in the same season, broke the SEC single-season passing yards record in 2019 with 4,614 and tied the SEC single-season mark for passing TDs with 44. Joe owns numerous LSU records, including passing yards, passing TDs, total offense, and completions, led LSU to eight wins over Top 10 teams during his career, the most of any quarterback in school history. Currently 22-3 as LSU’s starting quarterback and is only the second quarterback in LSU history to guide the Tigers to back-to-back 10-wins seasons, ranking No. 5 in LSU history in passing yards with 7,260 and did it in just two years. Joe completed 20+ passes in 15-straight games, the first quarterback in school history with four or more, and owns 12, 300-yard career passing games and ten in 2019, which are both the most in school history.”
Burrow and LSU face Georgia for the SEC Championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.