The Gator 'Bate: Tim Tebow Is a Unitas Award Candidate

Jessica DAnalyst IAugust 3, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 18: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the University of Florida celebrates after the spring football orange and blue game April 18, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, has been nominated for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Just another award the star athlete may add to his already full stock.

The award is given annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.

The prestigious accolade has been previously awarded to University of Florida legend Danny Wuerffel, as well as both Mannings, and Carson Palmer.

Last year's recipient was Texas Tech's Graham Harrell.

This year's candidates include Colt McCoy of Texas, Matt Grothe of South Florida, Jarrett Brown of West Virginia, and Duke's quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

A complete list of the candidates can be seen here.

Determination of the Award will be based on the nominees' on-field performance, as well as their character. The winning quarterback must also demonstrate good citizenship off the field, and do their best to maintain the ideals of good character, morals, and values that Johnny Unitas himself held up in his lifetime and career.

All candidates must also be completing their college eligibility this season.

Candidates are judged upon character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments.

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Tim Tebow is a likely winner of this award, with a reported 3.81 GPA (according to an interview with The New York Times) and a history of numerous mission trips to the Philippines. There's no doubting the Gator's character, and ability to demonstrate a fantastic on-field performance.

The winner will be announced in November.

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