Petras Named to Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior quarterback Spencer Petras has been named to the 2021 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list. The award is presented annually to the top senior or upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class.

Petras (6-foot-5, 233-pounds) passed for 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He ranked third in the Big Ten in passing yards, fourth in passing touchdowns, fifth in points responsible for (76), and sixth in passing yards per game (196.1). The San Rafael, California, native was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by league media.

The award is name after quarterback Johnny Unitas, who was nicknamed “The Golden Arm” for his record-setting play for the Baltimore Colts in the NFL. Nate Stanley was a finalist for the award in 2019.

The Hawkeyes open the 2021 season Sep. 4, hosting Indiana.