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Stanford Football 2015: Kevin Hogan makes watchlist for the Johnny Unitas Award

Kevin Hogan is one of 27 players to make the watchlist and would be only the second Stanford quarterback, along with Andrew Luck in 2011, to win the Award.

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Kevin Hogan is one of 27 players to make the watchlist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award goes to the top college quarterback. Among on field performance and statistics other criteria are considered such as: "character, citizenship, integrity, leadership, and honor".

Andrew Luck (in 2011) is the only Stanford quarterback to bring home the Award since the Award's inception in 1987. Last year's winner was, unsurprisingly Marcus Mariota the Heisman Trophy winner from Oregon, and Alabama's AJ McCarron won in 2013.

Including Hogan, five quarterbacks from the Pac-12 made the watchlist; Cody Kessler from USC, Vernon Adams from Oregon, Mike Bercovici from Arizona State, and Travis Wilson from Utah. Interestingly Cal's quarterback Jared Goff who has garnered a fair bit of preseason attention after a solid year statistically did not make the list but Oregon's transfer quarterback with limited FBS experience did.

From the Stanford athletic department announcement:

"Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan was named Wednesday to the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The list includes 30 of the top senior and redshirt junior quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2015 season.

Hogan returns as Stanford's quarterback after starting 37 games over the past three seasons. He has guided the Cardinal to two Rose Bowls and was named the 2014 Foster Farms Bowl Offensive MVP to finish last year's campaign. The fifth-year senior from McLean, Virginia, has thrown for 6,518 yards in his career to go along with 48 passing touchdowns and another nine on the ground."

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