Aug. 27, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior quarterback Craig Krenzel (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II) has been selected as a preseason candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation’s top senior collegiate quarterback. The award will be presented Dec. 12 by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.

Last season Krenzel completed 148-of-249 passes for 2,110 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading Ohio State to a 14-0 record and its first consensus national championship since 1968. He added 368 yards rushing on the season, including a game-high 81yards in the Fiesta Bowl when he was selected the game’s offensive Most Valuable Player.

Krenzel ranked 14th in the country in passing efficiency last season with a 140.90 figure. He now owns a 15-1 record as a starter and was selected by his teammates as co-MVP of the 2002 squad. A molecular genetics major, Krenzel was named Academic All-Big Ten and a Second Team Academic All-American as a junior.

The selection committee will announce the names of five finalists for the award Oct. 22. Among the senior quarterbacks on the preseason watch list are six that will face Ohio State this season, including Cody Pickett (Washington), Adam Hall (San Diego State), Philip Rivers (North Carolina State), Josh Harris (Bowling Green State), Jim Sorgi (Wisconsin) and Jon Navarre (Michigan). The committee reserves the right to name additional candidates at a later date.

Established in 1987, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has previously honored 14 outstanding senior quarterbacks. In addition, the Foundation has presented more than $475,000 in scholarships to deserving scholar athletes from area high schools.

Unitas played at Louisville from 1951-54, passing for 3,007 yards and 27 touchdowns. His No. 16 collegiate uniform is the lone number retired by the Cardinals. Unitas went on to play 18 seasons in the National Football League, earning three league MVP awards and making 10 Pro Bowl appearances. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and was recently selected as the top quarterback of all-time by the Pro Football Hall of Fame 36-member selection committee.

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