Kenny Pickett is a finalist for a number of major college football awards and has been announced a winner of at least one of them.
Tuesday morning, Pickett was named the winner of the 2021 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is awarded to the top upperclassman quarterback. Pickett becomes the first Pitt Panther quarterback to win this award.
“There were many who were worthy of this consideration, but there was only one who stood above the rest,” said John Unitas Jr. “Throughout this year, you have demonstrated the values for which this award stands both on and off the field, attributes that my dad, Johnny Unitas, would have admired greatly.”
“To receive an award named after the legendary Johnny Unitas is just an incredible honor,” said Pickett. “I know the high stands he set, both as a quarterback and as a leader. Certainly I’ll always strive to uphold those standards and represent this award the best I can. I want to thank Mr. Unitas Jr., the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation and A.O. Smith. As always, I accept this award on behalf of my teammates and coaches who made this all possible.”
Last week, Pickett was named the ACC Player of the Year and Monday night, he was named one of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Pickett will officially accept the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award at a banquet on Friday, December 10th in Baltimore.