Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley has been named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award, given annually to the nation's top senior signal-caller. Stanley has had a stellar career at Iowa, but with just four games left in the regular season, he's got some work to do if he wants to hoist the hardware.

Stanley will need to play out of his mind, and several other senior quarterbacks will have to have the wheels fall off if Stanely wants to win the award. It's a really good year for senior quarterbacks in college football. Four of the other QBs on the list could be first-round draft picks next spring in the NFL Draft. Stanely is up against the likes of Joe Burrow of LSU, Justin Herbert of Oregon, Jalen Hurts from Oklahoma, and Jacob Eason from Washington.

Admittedly, Iowa fans could give a rip about this award. All they want to see is Stanley lead Iowa down the stretch to a strong finish and a high profile bowl game. His numbers aren't pretty this season, 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. But improve on Iowa's 6-2 record and get us playing on January 1st? Stanley will have all the legacy he'll ever need.


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