Sam Hartman is named a finalist for Johnny Unitas Award

NOW: Sam Hartman is named a finalist for Johnny Unitas Award

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is awarded annually to the nation's top signal-caller, based on their performance both on and off the field. 

Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman was announced as one of ten finalists for the Award this year, according to 247Sports. 

Hartman joined the Fighting Irish through the transfer portal in the offseason after spending the previous five years with Wake Forest. The 24-year-old has done a masterful job leading the Fighting Irish offense to a 7-2 record. He has thrown for 2,126 yards and 18 touchdowns with only five interceptions. 

Only college seniors and fourth-year juniors were considered for the Award. 

Hartman previously won the Brian Piccolo Award, which is given to the Atlantic Coast Conference's "most courageous" football player, with Wake Forest last season. He also received second and third All-ACC team honors each of the last two seasons. 

The winner will be announced at the Golden Arm Award banquet and celebration, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, December 7, 2023. Johnny Unitas' son, John Unitas, Jr., who is also the president of The Johnny Unitas Educational Foundation, will be presenting the Golden Arm Award trophy at the event. 

The other nine finalists for the Award are listed below: 

Jayden Daniels, LSU

Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma

Drake Maye, North Carolina

J.J. McCarthy, Michigan

Bo Nix, Oregon

Michael Penix Jr., Washington

Jordan Travis, Florida State

Cameron Ward, Washington State

Caleb Williams, USC

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