Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron has been named one of the five finalists for the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. The award goes to the top fourth- or fifth-year quarterback in the country. According to their website, candidates for the award are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities, as well as athletic accomplishments.
McCarron is joined in the final five by USC’s Matt Barkley, Kansas State’s Collin Klein, West Virginia’s Geno Smith and EJ Manuel of Florida State.
The Crimson Tide’s junior quarterback is 157-of-238 this season for 2158 yards and 20 touchdowns. He threw his only two interceptions of the season last weekend against Texas A&M. With two games remaining in the 2012 regular season, McCarron has 5181 passing yards in his Alabama career.
McCarron is in the running for multiple postseason awards. He was also named today as one of 15 finalists for the Walter Camp Award. McCarron is also a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award.