Big Ten: Matt Grothe
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Three Big Ten quarterbacks are among the 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation's top senior quarterback.
The first two come as no surprise -- Penn State's Daryll Clark and Illinois' Juice Williams. Clark was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection last year, while Williams earned second-team honors from the league's coaches.
Northwestern's Mike Kafka also is on the list, which definitely qualifies as a bit of a stunner. Nothing against Kafka, who came up huge in the Wildcats' win against Minnesota last year, but he has been a backup for the past two seasons and started just two games in place of the injured C.J. Bacher in 2008. He certainly has the potential for a nice season, but it's a little odd seeing his name next to those of Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Zac Robinson and Dan LeFevour.
Check out the full list of candidates.
The award will be announced in December, and a Big Ten player has never won it.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:24 3rd Qtr 14 Wisconsin 24 13 LSU 7 Final Penn State 26 UCF 24 Final Youngstown State 17 Illinois 28 Final Indiana State 10 Indiana 28 Final Northern Iowa 23 Iowa 31 Final Appalachian State 14 Michigan 52 Final 5 Ohio State 34 Navy 17 Final Western Michigan 34 Purdue 43 Final Florida Atlantic 7 22 Nebraska 55 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final James Madison 7 Maryland 52
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38