Tolzien selected as finalist for Unitas Golden Arm Award

<b>Scott Tolzien completed 24 straight passes over a two-game span against Indiana and Michigan over the last two weeks.</b>

Scott Tolzien completed 24 straight passes over a two-game span against Indiana and Michigan over the last two weeks.

Nov. 22, 2010

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien has been chosen as one of five finalists for the 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, it was announced on Monday. The award is given to annually to the nation’s top senior quarterback.

Since taking over as starting quarterback prior to last season, Tolzien has led the Badgers to a 20-4 record and has become one of the top passers in school history.

He currently holds school records with a .681 career completion percentage and a 151.2 quarterback efficiency rating. The Rolling Meadows, Ill., native also ranks sixth at UW with 4,882 career passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 383 completions. He sits seventh with 562 attempts.

This season Tolzien has completed 73.9 percent of his passes which is tops in the nation and is on pace to break the Big Ten record, currently held by former Badger quarterback Darrell Bevell, who completed 67.8 percent of his passes in 1993. In addition, Tolzien has thrown for 2,070 yards with 12 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

In the red zone in 2010, Tolzien has completed 23-of-27 passes for 215 yards and 12 touchdowns with just one interception. On third downs, he is 40-of-57 for 492 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

The other four candidates for the award are Andy Dalton of TCU, Colin Kaepernick of Nevada, Christian Ponder of Florida State and Ricky Stanzi of Iowa.

Among the candidates, Tolzien leads in completion percentage, is tied for second in fewest interceptions and is third in efficiency rating.

The 2010 winner will be presented with the Golden Arm Award on Friday, Dec. 10 at the Tremont Grand Meeting & Banquet Facility in downtown Baltimore, Md.

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