Will Levis Selected to Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 25

Kentucky’s signal caller has led the Wildcats to a 14-3 record as a starter

Will Levis. Kentucky beat Miami (OH) 37-13. Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior quarterback Will Levis has been named one of the top 25 quarterbacks for the 2022 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, it was announced today by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. along with presenting sponsor A. O. Smith Corporation. 

The candidates are selected by the distinguished Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, and former players. The award annually recognizes the top senior or upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class. Candidates are chosen based on player performance on-and-off the field.

Levis is in his second season as the starting signal caller in Lexington. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound senior from Madison, Connecticut, has led UK to a 14-3 record and once again is off to a hot start. The No. 7/8 Wildcats are 4-0 for the third time under head coach Mark Stoops (2018 and 2021) and it marks the first consecutive 4-0 start since the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

In four games, Levis has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 1,185 yards and 10 touchdowns. With the combination of his ability to make strong throws and the elusiveness of UK receivers, Levis ranks in the top 25 nationally in several offensive categories, including leading the nation in passing yards per completion (15.00). In the SEC, he ranks third in passing completions (294.0) and fourth in passing touchdowns (6).

In his debut season in 2021, he threw for 2,827 yards and 24 scores, while also rushing for 376 yards and nine touchdowns. His 24 touchdown passes were the most since Andre’ Woodson had 40 in 2007. Levis totaled 3,203 yards of total offense, the seventh player in school history to reach 3,000 yards of total offense in a season.

He helped lead the program to 10 wins for the fourth time in school history last season, joining the 1950 (11-1), 1977 (10-1) and 2018 (10-3) teams. It also marked the first time UK had at least eight total victories (including bowls) three times in a four-year span since 1949-52.

All totaled, Levis has 34 touchdown passes and is the 11th player in UK history to throw for at least 4,000 yards with 4,012 passing yards.

Levis graduated in May of 2021 from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business with a degree in finance. He is currently working on a master’s degree in finance from UK’s Gatton School of Business and Economics.

During the preseason, Levis has also appeared on the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List, the Manning Award Watch List, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List, the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, the Maxwell Award Watch List and both the coaches and media All-Southeastern Conference Preseason Teams.

The 2022 award winner will be presented the Golden Arm Award trophy by The Johnny Unitas Educational Foundation President, John Unitas, Jr., at the Golden Arm Award banquet and celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.