Southwick, originally from Danville, Calif., started each of the Broncos' 13 games in 2012, completing 248-of-371 passes for 2,730 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His completion and attempt totals each rank seventh on Boise State's all-time single-season list, and his completion percentage (.669) is the fifth-highest single-season mark in school history.
Established in 1987, the Golden Arm Award is presented annually to the nation's top college quarterback based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments.
Candidates must be fourth-year juniors or seniors, and on track to graduate with their class.
Past winners include Payton Manning (1997), Carson Palmer (2002), Eli Manning (2003), Brady Quinn (2006), Matt Ryan (2007), Colt McCoy (2009), Andrew Luck (2011) and Collin Klein (2012).
The award will presented at a ceremony in Baltimore, Dec. 6, 2013.
A complete list of Boise State's preseason watch list candidates can be found below:
Broncos on Watch Lists
DE Demarcus Lawrence - Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award
LT Charles Leno, Jr. - Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award
TE Gabe Linehan - Mackey Award
WR Matt Miller - Biletnikoff Award
QB Joe Southwick - Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award