Oregon quarterback Bo Nix was announced as a top-five finalist for the 2022 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award on Tuesday by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc.
The finalists were selected by the distinguished Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, and former players. The Golden Arm Award annually recognizes the top senior or upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class. Candidates are chosen based on player performance on-and-off the field.
Nix is joined on the finalist list by Stetson Bennett IV (Georgia), Max Duggan (TCU), Hendon Hooker (Tennessee) and CJ Stroud (Ohio State).
Nix is the seventh Duck ever to be named a finalist for the Golden Arm Award, joining Anthony Brown Jr. (2021), Justin Herbert (2019), Marcus Mariota (2014), Dennis Dixon (2007), Kellen Clemens (2005) and Joey Harrington (2001). Mariota became the first Duck to win the award in 2014.
The 2022 award winner will be presented the Golden Arm Award trophy by The Johnny Unitas Educational Foundation President, John Unitas, Jr., at the Golden Arm Award banquet and celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.
QB Bo Nix – Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist
» Tied for the FBS lead with 39 total touchdowns (24 passing, 14 rushing, 1 receiving).
» Leads the nation with a 72.8 completion percentage, and ranks fifth with a 173.16 passer rating.
» Leads all Pac-12 players and all FBS quarterbacks with 14 rushing touchdowns, tied for sixth in the nation.
» 14 rushing TDs are second-most in a season by an Oregon quarterback, just one shy of Marcus Mariota’s record of 15 (2014).
» One of just three FBS quarterbacks since 2000 with at least 24 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing touchdowns through a team’s first 10 games, joining Lamar Jackson (2016, Louisville) and Jalen Hurts (2019, Oklahoma).
» Joined Bowling Green’s Josh Harris (2001) as the only FBS players since at least 1996 to have two passing TDs, two rushing TDs and a receiving TD in the same game (at Colorado).
» One of just two quarterbacks in the nation with at least 2,500 passing yards and 500 rushing yards (Drake Maye).
» One of three FBS QBs this season with double-digit TDs both passing and rushing (Jayden Daniels & Riley Leonard).
» The only FBS quarterback this season with three games of three rushing touchdowns (vs. BYU, at Arizona, at Cal).
» No. 10 in the nation with 328.6 yards of total offense per game, and No. 3 with 8.65 yards per play.
» Three-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 8, 9 & 10); just the third player ever to win it three weeks in a row.