Sudfeld makes the cut for Golden Arm Award #iufb

The watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award was trimmed to 15 candidates on Thursday, and Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld made the cut.

Sudfeld is 87 for 147 this season for 1,277 yards with seven touchdowns, one interception and a 146.5 passing efficiency mark. He’s also scored two touchdowns on the ground. The senior, who’s also a member of the Maxwell Award watch list, leads the Big Ten in yards per attempt, is tied for first with his one interception, second in passing yards, passing yards per game (255.4) and total offense (1,318).

One of the most decorated quarterbacks in IU program history, Sudfeld is second in completion percentage (60.3) and 300-yard games (6), fourth in passing touchdowns (41) and fifth in passing yardage (5,583) and completions (433). Whether Sudfeld has a chance to build on those numbers this weekend remains to be seen after he aggravated an ankle injury last week against No. 1 Ohio State.

Sudfeld is a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s National Scholar-Athlete Award, a nominee for the Senior CLASS Award®, a member of the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, and he was a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®,

Named after one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and established in 1987, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award is presented annually at the end of each season to the nation’s top college quarterback. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to Sudfeld, Michigan State’s Connor Cook, TCU’s Trevone Boykin, Florida State’s Everett Golson, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott and Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty are among the 15 candidates for the award.

The list will be cut to 10 candidates in the coming weeks before a handful of finalists are revealed next month. The winner will be announced during a ceremony on Dec. 11 in Baltimore.


  1. Good for Nate and the players that have helped him get this nomination. Getting hi on the list should help with the recruiting of QBs for IU.

  2. It would be helpful if on a stat like passing efficiency you included the maximum so casual readers like myself can figure more quickly just how good it is. Thanks.

  3. John McFarland, The formula for figuring involves several stats, which I do not remember nor do I know the max # possible. But a few years ago the highest rating attained by a collegiate QB was Russell Wilson while at Wisconsin. Something like 190. NS is in an elite group reaching 146.5.

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