staff, December 8, 2015

Michigan State's Connor Cook is the recipient of the 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually since 1987 to the nation?s top college quarterback, it was announced Tuesday afternoon.

The winningest quarterback in school history (34-4), Cook threw for 2,921 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading the Spartans (12-1) to an appearance in the College Football Playoff Semifinal against Alabama (12-1) in the Dec. 31 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Cook beat out TCU?s Trevone Boykin, USC?s Cody Kessler, Memphis? Paxton Lynch and Mississippi State?s Dak Prescott to become just the second Big Ten quarterback to claim the honor, following Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien (2010).

Candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholarship achievement and leadership qualities.

Cook will be presented the trophy on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel & The Grand.

Read the release.