Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Three B1G quarterbacks on Unitas list
By Brian Bennett
Most of the preseason award watch lists have already been announced, but the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award joined the fun on Tuesday.
The award goes to the nation's top quarterback and was presented to Stanford's Andrew Luck last year. Three Big Ten players made the cut for the preseason list, and they are:
No surprise to see Robinson and Vandenberg on there, but Scheelhaase is a bit interesting. He hasn't gotten a lot of preseason attention after the way the Illini offense played down the stretch last season. But maybe switching to the spread under new coach Tim Beckman will elevate his numbers.
Still, I would have thought Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, Wisconsin's Danny O'Brien and Ohio State's Braxton Miller would all have made the watch list before Scheelhaase. Not making the list doesn't preclude any of those guys from winning the award, however.