Carson Strong in Top 10 for Unitas Golden Arm Award

RENO — Nevada quarterback Carson Strong was named to The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 10 as announced by the organization.

Strong is the only quarterback from the Mountain West Conference in the Top 10. 

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation and presenting partner, A. O. Smith, announce the Top 10 candidates for this year’s Golden Arm Award. 

The remaining quarterbacks are 10 of the best players in college football. Strong is the only finalist from the Mountain West Conference as the list contains quarterbacks from the ACC, PAC 12, SEC, AAC, ASUN, and Sun Belt. 

Not only have these players achieved success on the field, but they are leaders in their communities. This award strives to highlight and acknowledge these off-the-field achievements as well as shine a light on their athletic talent.

2021 Golden Arm Award Top 10 Presented by A. O. Smith

• Brennan Armstrong, Virginia

• Anthony Brown, Oregon

•  Matt Corral, Ole Mis

• Sam Hartman, Wake Forest

•  Devin Leary, NC State

• Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

• Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

• Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

• Carson Strong, Nevada

•  Malik Willis, Liberty

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958.

His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns, and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. 

Strong has recorded 400-plus yards in back-to-back games to bring his career total to 8,076 passing yards, putting him 7th in Nevada football history.

His 62-career passing-touchdowns tie him for 5th all-time with Mike Maxwell (62, 1993-95). 

Heading into this past weekend’s action, Strong was fourth in passing yards per game (360.4), sixth in passing touchdowns (24), fifth in passing yards (2,883), and leads the third-ranked passing offensive in the country. 

Strong has completed 71.1 percent of his passes (253 of 356), putting him seventh in the nation and leading the Mountain West Conference. 

The 2021 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, MD on Friday, Dec.10, 2021.


To watch the latest video announcing the Top 10 Golden Arm Award candidates, please click here. For more information on the Golden Arm Award, please visit Golden Arm Award. Additionally, follow the conversation throughout the college football season on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and use the hashtags #GoldenArmAward and #InnovationLeaders.


The Pack is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., against San Jose State. Tickets can be purchased here. 



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