Miami quarterback Craig Erickson, who directed the Hurricanes to a No. 2 ranking and a berth in the Cotton Bowl, was selected Wednesday recipient of the 1990 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation's top senior quarterback.

The award is presented annually by the Kentucky Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Erickson edged out a group of finalists, including Virginia's Shawn Moore, Oregon's Bill Musgrave, Louisville's Browning Nagle and Dan McGwire of San Diego State.Unitas will present Erickson with the award Dec. 14 at the fourth annual Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards Banquet in Louisville. Paul Hornung, an NFL Hall of Famer and 1956 Heisman Trophy winner, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Erickson has completed 208 of 354 passes for 3,079 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, with a game remaining against San Diego State Saturday. He is ranked fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (147.1) and fifth in total offense with a 308-yard average.

"Craig has had an incredible year," Miami Coach Dennis Erickson said.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound senior from West Palm Beach is third on Miami's career touchdown list with 44. He has thrown for 5,772 yards, completing 403 of 713 passes.