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Collin Klein named finalist for 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

Kansas State's starting quarterback has been featured on a reduced watch list of the top 15 players in contention for this year's Johnny United Golden Arm Award.

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Kansas State starting quarterback Collin Klein has been featured on a reduced watch list of the top 15 players in contention for this year's Johnny United Golden Arm Award.

Originally listed at 29 to start the season, the Golden Arm Foundation recently narrowed the list and Klein is now among a select group of elite college quarterbacks that include some of the biggest names in football.

Remaining candidates are:
Matt Barkley, USC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Nick Florence, Baylor
Mike Glennon, NC State
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Collin Klein, Kansas State
EJ Manuel, Florida State
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Bryn Renner, North Carolina
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Geno Smith, West Virginia
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

Previous winners of the award include Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer and even the Kansas City Chiefs starter for Week 6, Brady Quinn. Last year the award went to the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck.