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Leftwich Among Finalists For Unitas Award

Leftwich Among Finalists For Unitas Award


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Marshall University senior quarterback Byron Leftwich was selected Wednesday as one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top senior quarterback in college football.

The other finalists are Ken Dorsey of Miami, Seneca Wallace of Iowa State, Carson Palmer of Southern California and Dave Ragone of Louisville.

Leftwich has thrown for the most yards and touchdowns among the finalists, connecting on 168 of 254 passes for 2,314 yards and 17 TDs. His Marshall team is currently 5-1 on the season.

Dorsey has completed 96 of 177 passes for 1,406 yards and 16 touchdowns for the top-ranked Hurricanes (6-0).

Palmer has passed for 1,981 yards and 13 touchdowns while completing 164 of 272 attempts for the Trojans (5-2).

Wallace has hit on 128 of 214 passes for 1,844 yards and 11 TDs for the Cyclones (6-2). Ragone has completed 128 of 235 passes for 1,653 yards and 12 touchdowns for Louisville (4-3).

The award is named for the Hall of Fame quarterback who played at Louisville before his 18-year NFL career. Unitas died Sept. 11 of this year.

The winner will be announced Dec. 4. David Carr of Fresno State, who was later taken first overall in the NFL draft by the Houston Texans, won the award last year.

Former Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington, now of the New York Jets, was also a finalist for the Unitas Award in 1999.