Keith Wenning, a senior quarterback on the 2013 Ball State football team, has been named one of 30 student-athletes in the country on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List.
Established in 1987, this prestigious award is presented at the end of each season to the nation’s top college quarterback based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be presented at a ceremony Dec. 6, in Baltimore, Md. Proceeds from the event help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, which provides assistance to underprivileged and deserving student-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.
Wenning has previously been named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List and the Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List for an award which goes to the nation’s college football player of the year.
Wenning was named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team in 2012 and was a two-time MAC Player of the Week. He enters his senior season second in career passing yards (7,254) and first in career pass attempts (1,144) at Ball State. He started 33 straight games before missing the 2012 regular season finale with an injury, but returned to start the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. A 2013 team captain, Wenning received Ball State's John Magnabosco Most Valuable Offensive Player Award as a junior.
Also a team captain as a junior, Wenning's name has shattered many of the school's single season marks. Wenning ranked 31st in the nation last season with 257.9 passing yards per game. He completed 301-of-460 passes for 3,095 yards in 2012 with 24 TD passes. Wenning set the school record for pass completions in a single season and career last season. Wenning has passed for 7,254 career yards and is only the second player in Ball State history to surpass the 7,000-yard passing plateau.
Wenning, whose name is on three national award watch lists, joins the following teammates who have been named to national award lists – Zane Fakes (Mackey Award), Jamill Smith (Hornung Award) and Willie Snead (Biletnikoff Award).
Ball State, under the direction of third-year head football coach Pete Lembo, will open the 2013 season Thurs., Aug. 29, in a home game vs. Illinois State at Scheumann Stadium.