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Smith Named Unitas Award Finalist

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MORGANTOWN -

Despite West Virginia's continuing streak of losses, its quarterback is still receiving national recognition for his individual successes throughout the season.

On Wednesday, Geno Smith was named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior or fourth-year quarterback.

Smith is one of five finalists for the award, narrowed down from an original field of 29 candidates earlier in the year. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein joins Smith as the Big 12 representatives on the list.

No other conference has more than one player in the final five.

USC's Matt Barkley, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Alabama's A.J. McCarron are also in the running for the honor.

Candidates must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with his class. The Award is presented to a candidate who is selected based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments.

A season ago, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck took home the Award, which was first presented to Don McPherson of Syracuse in 1987.

The 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented on Friday, December 7 in Baltimore, Md.

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