Pitt’s Kedon Slovis has been named to the preseason watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, annually presented to the nation’s top senior/upperclassman quarterback.
Slovis, named the Panthers’ starter for their September 1 season opener against West Virginia by head coach Pat Narduzzi, enters his first season at Pitt. He played the prior three seasons at USC, where he passed for 7,576 yards and 58 touchdowns in 27 games.
Slovis will try to become the second consecutive Pitt quarterback to win the Unitas Golden Arm Award. Kenny Pickett was the 2021 recipient after throwing for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns, while leading the Panthers to an 11-2 record and the ACC championship.
Now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pickett became the first Pitt quarterback taken in the initial round of the NFL Draft since Dan Marino in 1983.
The Unitas Golden Arm Award semifinalists, finalists and award recipient are selected by the distinguished Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers and former players. Candidates are chosen based on their performance both on and off the field.
The 2022 Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient will be honored at the Golden Arm Award banquet and celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Md., on December 7.