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STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the second straight season, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott has been named one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation announced Wednesday.

Presented annually since 1987, the award is given to the top quarterback in college football. Candidates must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.

In eight starts this season, Prescott has recorded 21 total touchdowns and 2,419 yards of total offense. The Haughton, Louisiana, native has completed 173-of-260 pass attempts for 2,048 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception. On the ground, he has carried the ball 72 times for a team-best 371 yards and seven touchdowns.

Working toward a master’s degree in workforce leadership, Prescott is 65 yards shy of becoming the 10th player in Southeastern Conference history with 10,000 yards of total offense. He is two rushing touchdowns away from joining seven other players in FBS history with 50-plus passing touchdowns and 40-plus rushing touchdowns.
Earlier this week, Prescott was named a semifinalist for both the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award.

The winner of the 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be announced on Dec. 8. The award will be presented at a ceremony Dec. 12 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Prescott and the No. 20 Bulldogs return to action Thursday at Missouri for an 8 p.m. CT kickoff live on ESPN.