Five ACC quarterbacks up for Unitas Award

The ACC leads all conferences with five nominees for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, announced Thursday.

Here are the finalists:

That gives the ACC one-third of the eligible field. The Big 12 has four nominees, while the SEC has three.

The Golden Arm Award takes into account performance on the field, while also valuing character, citizenship, integrity, and those who honor the game. Candidates must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, and on schedule to graduate with his class. The 2012 winner will be presented with his award on Fri., Dec. 7.

The other honorees are: Matt Barkley, USC; Nick Florence, Baylor; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Collin Klein, Kansas State; AJ McCarron, Alabama; Aaron Murray, Georgia; Denard Robinson, Michigan, Geno Smith, West Virginia; Tyler Tettleton, Ohio; and Tyler Wilson, Arkansas.