Grothe added to Unitas Award watch list
USF senior quarterback Matt Grothe, left off the initial list of 21 quarterbacks on the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, is now officially on the preseason list for the postseason hardware.
"He has been added," confirmed John C. Unitas Jr., son of the legendary quarterback and president of Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, which is based in Maryland. "Sometimes, the selection committee misses a name or two and has a candidate pointed out to us."
Grothe, who ranks third among active Division I-A quarterbacks with 25 career wins as a starter, is one of three Big East passers on the list, along with Cincinnati's Tony Pike and West Virginia's Jarrett Brown. Grothe is on pace to pass West Virginia's Pat White early in the season to become the Big East's all-time leader in total offense.
The Unitas award's official site has yet to be updated to include Grothe's name, but is expected to be shortly.
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