Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
When September 5th rolls around in about 90 days the Indiana Hoosiers will have one of the top quarterbacks in the conference back behind center in Nate Sudfeld. In his senior season the expectations for Sudfeld are sky high as he has been named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List. Sudfeld played in only six games in 2014 due to a season ending shoulder injury against Iowa. He finished his junior season completing 60.5% of his passes for 1,151 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions. For his career the Modesto, California native has played in 25 games for the Hoosiers amassing 4,306 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, and a passer efficiency rating of 172.2. He won co-Freshman of the Week honors in 2012 against Ball State going 13/20 for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns and was named to the BTN.com All-Big Ten freshman team as an honorable mention. Fellow Big Ten signal callers like Michigan State’s Connor Cook, as well as Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller of Ohio State join Sudfeld on this watch list.
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Foundation presents the Golden Arm Award annually to a senior quarterback who demonstrates great character, citizenship, and integrity, in addition to their on-field performance. Past winners include Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, both Peyton and Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, and Andrew Luck among others.