OSU football notebook: Brandon Weeden a finalist for Johnny Unitas award

BY GINA MIZELL Published: October 19, 2011

Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden was named one of 10 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award Wednesday, an honor given to the nation's top senior quarterback.

Weeden ranks sixth in the nation in passing yards per game (349.67) and third nationally with 31.5 completions per game.

Other finalists for the award include Nick Foles (Arizona), Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Case Keenum (Houston), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Kellen Moore (Boise State), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas).

In addition to on-field performance, the Johnny Unitas Award also “values character, citizenship, integrity and those who honor the game,” according to the foundation's website.

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