East Carolina’s Patrick Pinkney Named to Unitas Award Watch List

Mon, Jul 20, 2009

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East Carolina’s Patrick Pinkney is one of 21 preseason candidates for the 2009 Johnny Unitas Award, which is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding senior quarterback.

Determination of the Award will be based upon the on-field performance of the nominees, as well as their character. To be a Golden Arm Award Winner, these quarterbacks must demonstrate good citizenship off the field, and do their best to maintain the ideals of good character, morals, and values that Johnny Unitas upheld in his lifetime and career.

Pinkney, who has played a key role in the Pirates’ combined 17 victories and pair of bowl appearances in back-to-back seasons, led East Carolina to a Conference USA championship in 2008 – the program’s first league title since 1976. He opened 13-of-14 games last fall and completed 223-of-363 passes for 2,675 yards and 13 touchdowns, which included a season-high 296-yard effort against Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.


The Fayetteville, N.C. native also established a new school single-game completion percentage standard with a 19-of-23 (82.6) performance against No. 17 Virginia Tech Aug. 30 to guide ECU to a 27-22 win before turning in a 22-of-28 effort a week later against No. 8 West Virginia during the Pirates’ 24-3 triumph. His 406-yard performance in a 34-31 victory against North Carolina in 2007 stands as the second-highest single-game passing total in program history – falling just eight yards shy of David Garrard’s school-record 414-yard effort against Memphis in 1998.

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award bears the name of who many refer to as the finest quarterback to ever play the game of football. Established in 1987, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has previously honored 22 outstanding young men. The award takes into consideration these candidates impressive collegiate careers to this point, as well as their off-the-field values of good character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, and strong leadership qualities.

Pinkney will play our first game against another nominee; Appalachian’s Armanti Edwards. The Pirate quarterback is one of two from Conference USA nominated. UAB’s Joe Webb was also selected for the watch list. The other nominees are:

Jarrett Brown, West Virginia
Daryll Clark, Penn State
Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State
Max Hall, BYU
Tim Hiller, Western Michigan
Mike Kafka, Northwestern
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
Thaddeus Lewis, Duke
Corey Leonard, Arkansas State
Colt McCoy, Texas
Tony Pike, Cincinnati
Patrick Pinkney, East Carolina
Todd Reesing, Kansas
Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State
Tyler Sheehan, Bowling Green
Riley Skinner, Wake Forest
Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic
Tim Tebow, Florida
Chris Turner, Maryland
Joe Webb, UAB
Juice Williams, Illinois



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  1. Space Wrangler Says:

    Patrick may seem to be a long shot against some of those players, but he will play against 3 of the men on that list this year. Great chance to get into the serious conversation down the road.

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