The 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award released its watch list of 47 standout quarterbacks Wednesday, and N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley was one of five ACC quarterbacks nominated.
In order to qualify for the award watch list, one must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. The winner is selected based on his accomplishments on and away from the field.
During his first season with N.C. State last year, Finley completed 60.4 percent of his passes for an average of 7.6 yards per attempt. He threw for 3,059 yards, 18 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Finley transferred to N.C. State before last season from Boise State, where he played in seven games over two years.
Also on the list from the ACC is Virginia’s Kurt Benkert, Pittsburgh’s Max Browne, North Carolina Brandon Harris and Boston College’s Darius Wade. Just like Finley, Benkert, Browne and Harris didn’t start their college careers in the ACC and transferred into the conference. Browne and Harris will be in their first years with Pitt and North Carolina, respectively.
Last year, Benkert played 11 games for Virginia, completing 56.2 percent of his passes for 2,552 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Clemson’s Deshaun Watson won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2016. He was the ninth quarterback from a current ACC school to win the award.