Golden Arm

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Curtis Painter is one of four Big Ten quarterbacks being considered for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
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Curtis Painter is one of four Big Ten quarterbacks being considered for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
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June 18, 2008


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter has been named as a candidate for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Painter, a fifth-year senior, is among 26 top quarterbacks around the country for consideration for the prestigious award. The award takes into consideration the player's on-field accomplishments as well as off-the-field characteristics such as good character, citizenship and strong academic and leadership skills. Among the 26 other quarterback on the list, three others are from the Big Ten: C.J. Bacher of Northwestern, Todd Boeckman of Ohio State and Brian Hoyer of Michigan State. Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan won last year's award.

Last season, Painter threw for 3,846 yards, completing 356 passes and 29 touchdowns, which are fourth-, second- and third-most in a season in school history, respectively. Painter ranked 12th nationally in passing yards a game with 295.9 and 18th in total offense with 294.3. He was second in the Big Ten in completions and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media.

Painter led Purdue to a 51-48 Motor City Bowl victory while passing for 546 yards (a school record and fifth-most in the nation for the season), 540 total yards (tied for eighth-most in the nation for the season) on 35 of 54 passes for three touchdowns and was named Most Valuable Player in the game vs. Central Michigan on Dec. 26.

The 6-4, 230-pound Painter, from Vincennes, Ind., is currently second in Purdue history in career completion percentage at .599 percent (760-1,269) and has three 400-yard passing performances as well as one 500-yard passing effort.

 

 

In Purdue history, Painter is fourth in passing attempts with 1,269 behind former Boilermakers Drew Brees, Kyle Orton and Mark Herrmann. Painter is also fourth in career passing yards with 8,763 behind Brees, Herrmann and Orton. Painter needs just 3,030 more yards to become Purdue's all-time leader.