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Three players with Kentucky ties on watch list for Johnny Unitas award

Stephen Johnson goes into fall camp as UK’s No. 1 quarterback after leading the Cats to the TaxSlayer Bowl last season.
Stephen Johnson goes into fall camp as UK’s No. 1 quarterback after leading the Cats to the TaxSlayer Bowl last season.

Kentucky’s Stephen Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Mike White and former Franklin County High School standout Logan Woodside of Toledo were among 47 quarterbacks named Wednesday to the watch list for the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The Golden Arm Award is based on a player’s accomplishments both on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.

Johnson went 5-4 as a starter last season after stepping in for the injured Drew Barker. He completed 145 of 265 passes for 2,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 97 times for 327 yards and three scores.

White completed 280 of 416 attempts for 4,363 yards and 37 touchdowns last season in leading WKU to an 11-3 record and a victory over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Woodside completed 289 of 418 passes for 4,129 yards and a nation-leading 45 touchdowns in 2016. Toledo (9-4) lost to Appalachian State in the Camellia Bowl.

The Golden Arm Award committee will announce the top 15 finalists in September and the presentation to the winner will be Dec. 8.

2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list

Austin Allen, Arkansas

Kyle Allen, Houston

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

Kurt Berkert, Virginia

David Blough, Purdue

Ahmad Bradshaw, Army

Max Browne, Pittsburgh

Christian Chapman, San Diego State

Keller Chryst, Stanford

Brandon Dawkins, Troy

Jason Driskel, Florida Atlantic

Jesse Ertz, Kansas State

Danny Etling, LSU

Luke Falk, Washington State

Riley Ferguson, Memphis

Ryan Finley, North Carolina State

Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

Quinton Flowers, South Florida

Andrew Ford, UMass

Justice Hansen, Arkansas State

Brandon Harris, North Carolina

Kenny Hill, TCU

Stephen Johnson, Kentucky

Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State

Richard Lagow, Indiana

Tanner Lee, Nebraska

Matt Linehan, Idaho

Connor Manning, Georgia State

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Trace McSorley, Penn State

Ryan Metz, Texas El Paso

Hayden Moore, Cincinnati

Kent Myers, Utah State

Josh Rosen, Alabama

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech

Bryant Shirreffs, UConn

Brandon Silvers, Troy

Wilton Speight, Michigan

Nick Stevens, Colorado State

Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee

Dalton Sturm, Texas San Antonio

Clayton Thorson, Northwestern

Mike White, Western Kentucky

Troy Williams, Utah

Logan Woodside, Toledo

Darius Wade, Boston College