Narrowed from an original field of 30 of the country's top college quarterbacks, there are now 10 candidates remaining for the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
The 10 finalists for this year's Golden Arm Award are:
· Tajh Boyd, Clemson
· Derek Carr, Fresno State
· Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
· Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
· Sean Mannion, Oregon State
· AJ McCarron, Alabama
· Aaron Murray, Georgia
· Keith Price, Washington
· Connor Shaw, South Carolina
· Keith Wenning, Ball State
This is the second major quarterback award that Boyd has been a semifinalist or finalist for. He was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award earlier this week.
Shaw, a 6-1, 209-pound senior from Flowery Branch, Ga., has completed 62.9 percent (122-for-194) of his passes this season for 1,655 yards with 18 touchdowns and just one interception. His quarterback efficiency rating of 164.13 ranks 11th in the country. In addition, he is the Gamecocks' second-leading rusher with 375 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.
Shaw is 23-5 as the Gamecocks' starting quarterback, just one win shy of Todd Ellis's school record of 24 career wins. He is a perfect 14-0 as a starter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Shaw is the school's career leader in passing completion at 65.6 percent, is second in touchdown passes with 50, is fourth in total offense with 6,782 yards, is seventh in career passing yards with 5,282, and is the only player in Carolina history to throw for more than 5,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards.