Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron is the 2013 recipient of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The award is given each year to the nation’s top senior quarterback. Past recipients of the award include Peyton Manning, Tommie Frazier and Andrew Luck. Alabama’s only previous recipient is Jay Barker, who won a national title with the Tide at the conclusion of the 1992 season.
McCarron went 207-of-306 in passing in 2013, for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns, against five interceptions. McCarron owns most of the major passing records at Alabama, and has been a part of three BCS Championship teams over his time in Tuscaloosa.
For his career, McCarron is 460-of-690 in pass attempts with 5,956 yards, with 49 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
The criteria for the award, as noted on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation website is as follows:
Determination of the Award will be based upon the on-field performance of the nominees, as well as their character. To be a Golden Arm Award Winner, these quarterbacks must demonstrate good citizenship off the field, and do their best to maintain the ideals of good character, morals, and values that Johnny Unitas upheld in his career.
To be eligible for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, all candidates MUST be completing their college eligibility this season or be a 4th year Junior who is on schedule to graduate with his class this year. Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments. They MUST also preserve a positive public image above reproach by avoiding legal issues or other types of scandal.