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.
BLACKMON DOESN'T MIND CROWD
It's common for Justin Blackmon, the reigning Biletnikoff award winner, to draw double coverage. But he was sometimes covered by three defenders in last Saturday's OSU win over Texas, a team that Blackmon torched last season for nine catches and 145 yards.
That's fine with Blackmon, given the Cowboys' depth at receiver.
“I don't mind it, because it means somebody's open,” Blackmon said. “I can run with three people straight down the field all day, as long as that opens up somebody else to make plays.”
Blackmon ranks 23rd in the nation with 101.33 receiving yards per game and has seven touchdowns. Eight other Cowboys have at least 100 receiving yards this season.
LOWE COMFORTABLE IN STARTING ROLE
During fall camp, Daytawion Lowe did not think he would even start at free safety.
At the season's midway point, Lowe is the Cowboys' leading tackler.
Lowe, who was moved into the starting role just before the season began when Johnny Thomas was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, has tallied 38 tackles this season to go along with a team-high three forced fumbles. He also has two sacks and three pass break-ups.
“I feel like I've come along,” Lowe said. “I've gotten more comfortable in the game and I feel like I've made some plays.”
Lowe said he would like to improve his technique on routes and overall field vision as the season progresses.