Jul 22, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT
Delaware quarterback senior Pat Devlin has received yet another impressive preseason honor as the senior was selected to the Watch List for the 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The honor is bestowed annually to the top senior quarterback in the nation by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Foundation and acknowledges performance on the field, character, citizenship, and integrity. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc., has awarded more than $525,000 in scholarships to deserving scholar-athletes from local area high schools both in Maryland and Kentucky.
Among the past winners are Peyton Manning of Tennessee, Eli Manning of Mississippi, Carson Palmer of USC, Matt Leinert of USC, Brady Quinn of Notre Dame, and Matt Ryan of Boston College. Colt McCoy of Texas won last year’s award. The award is presented following the season and is selected by members of the foundation.
Devlin, a native of Downingtown, Pa., was the only NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision player named to the watch list. He is joined by Austen Arnaud of Iowa State, Ben Chapell of Indiana, Ryan Colburn of Fresno State, Andy Dalton of TCU, Dwight Dasher of Middle Tennessee, Ricky Dobbs of Navy, Nathan Enderle of Idaho, Zach Frazer of Connecticut, Jerrod Johnson of Texas A&M, Colin Kaepernick of Nevada, Case Keenum of Houston, Jake Locker of Washington, Greg McElroy of Alabama, Josh Nesbitt of Georgia Tech, Christian Ponder of Florida State, Kevin Riley of California, Trey Revell of Louisiana-Monroe, Ricky Stanzi of Iowa, Tyrod Taylor of Virginia Tech, Scott Tolzien of Wisconsin, and T.J. Yates of North Carolina.
Last week, Devlin was one of 20 players selected to the preseason Walter Payton Award Watch List. The Payton Award honors the top player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Devlin finished 17th in the voting for the Payton Award as a junior in 2009.
Devlin, who is expected to be one of the top quarterbacks available in the 2011 NFL Draft, started all 11 games and completed 220 of 344 passes for 2,664 yards and 16 touchdowns against nine interceptions a year ago, his first with the Blue Hens after transferring from Penn State.
His 242.2 passing yards per game led CAA Football and ranked No. 17 nationally in the FCS. In a season-ending loss to eventual FCS National Champion Villanova, Devlin enjoyed his finest statistical performance, completing a school record 42 passes for 407 yards, which ranks sixth for a single-game performance in Delaware history. He will serve as a team co-captain this fall.
Delaware, led by head coach K.C. Keeler, will look to improve upon last year’s 6-5 mark this fall and have already been listed on most pre-season Top 25 lists. The team will report to camp on Aug. 5 with the first practice set for Aug. 6.
Devlin’s honor, coupled with Villanova’s Ben Ijalana being named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, gives CAA Football two mentions for awards normally reserved for FBS/BCS programs. Can anyone really argue with the notion CAA Football is the top FCS Conference in the country? We want to know!
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