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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech junior quarterback Patrick Mahomes II was named a finalist Tuesday for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award which is presented annually to the nation's top quarterback.
Mahomes is the first Red Raider to be named a Unitas Award finalist since Graham Harrell won the award following the 2008 season. He is joined as finalist by Washington State's Luke Falk, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson.
Mahomes has been arguably the most prolific quarterback in college football in 2016 as he currently leads the FBS in passing yards (3,519) and total offense (3,770 yards). He is also tied for the FBS lead in total touchdowns (38).
Mahomes leads a Texas Tech offense that tops the FBS in passing yards per game (500.6) and ranks second in total offense (600.3 yards per game) as well as scoring offense (47.4 points per game). Under Mahomes' guidance, the Red Raiders also lead the FBS in third-down conversion percentage (.578).
The Whitehouse, Texas native also leads the FBS in passing plays of 10-plus yards, 20-plus yards and 30-plus yards, while being tied for third nationally with 28 passing touchdowns. On the ground, Mahomes is responsible for 10 touchdowns, which is tied for the overall Big 12 lead and also ranks 18th in the FBS and second among quarterbacks.
Earlier this season, Mahomes set a single-game FBS record for total offense with 819 yards against Oklahoma. He tied the single-game FBS passing record with 734 yards, while also rushing for a career-high 85 yards. He scored seven total touchdowns in the game, one of his five performances this season with at least five total touchdowns.
The 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented at a ceremony on Dec. 9 in Baltimore. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figured include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47-consecutive games.
Mahomes and the Red Raiders will play inside Jones AT&T Stadium for the final time this season on Saturday when Texas Tech hosts in-state rival Texas in an 11 a.m. kickoff. The game will air nationally on FOX Sports 1 and the Texas Tech Sports Network.