Six American Athletic Conference quarterbacks – including Dane Evans of Tulsa – are among the 43 players nationally who were named to the 2016 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list.
The American’s players on the list include Gunner Kiel of Cincinnati, Greg Ward Jr., of Houston, Quinton Flowers of USF, Matt Davis of SMU, Phillip Walker of Temple and Evans.
Evans led The American in passing (333.2 yards per game) and was second in the conference with 25 touchdown passes in 2015. He threw for 4,332 yards to help Tulsa return to postseason play for the first time since 2012.
Kiel threw for 2,777 yards and 19 touchdowns in 10 games for Cincinnati last season, helping the Bearcats finish as the conference leader in total offense (537.8 ypg). Kiel averaged 277.7 passing yards per game and completed 65.2 percent of his attempts in 2015.
Ward was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award as college football’s most outstanding player last season after he averaged 281.1 yards of total offense per game to help Houston to a 13-1 record and the American Athletic Conference championship. Ward rushed for 1,108 yards and 21 touchdowns and threw for 2,628 yards and 17 TDs in 2015.
Flowers had a breakout season for USF in 2015 as he threw for 2,296 yards and 22 touchdowns, ranking third in The American in touchdown passes. He added 991 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns to account for 34 TDs on the season, helping USF win seven of its last nine games.
Davis was SMU’s leading passer and rusher in 2015 as he helped the Mustangs nearly triple their offensive production from the previous season. Davis threw for 2,259 yards and 16 touchdowns and finished iwth 761 rushing yards and 10 TDs on the ground.
Walker enters his fourth year as Temple’s starting quarterback. He threw for 2,972 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, raking fifth in The American in passing.