01/07/2021 4:00 PM -
Alabama Center Landon Dickerson Named Rimington Trophy Winner
The Rimington Trophy Committee is pleased to add Dickerson to its storied list of outstanding collegiate centers
New York, NY – January 7, 2021
Landon Dickerson, Alabama center, was named the Rimington Trophy winner tonight at the The Home Depot College Football Awards.
After receiving the news, he said, “I am truly honored to be named the winner of the Rimington Trophy, and I want to congratulate Tyler Linderbaum and Josh Myers on outstanding seasons. My two seasons in Tuscaloosa have been unbelievably special and now to have my name associated with Dave Rimington is an honor and a privilege.”
Making a name for himself over his career, Landon Dickerson has been added to the long list of dominant centers in Alabama history and may arguably be the best interior lineman in college football in 2020. He was named unanimous first team All-American, earning All-SEC honors from both the Associated Press and league coaches and was named the co-recipient of the SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy with teammate Alex Leatherwood.
The fifth-year senior is a veteran for the Crimson Tide with 24 starts and led his 2020 offensive line to win the Joe Moore Award during his second season as the starting center. Under his leadership, the Alabama front has surrendered just nine sacks while quarterback Mac Jones has been on the field (.75 per game, which would be sixth nationally).
Head Coach Nick Saban affirmed, “The Rimington Trophy could not have selected a more deserving winner. Landon has a great personality and plays with a lot of toughness. He is someone who has made a tremendous impact on our team in a very positive way relative to his outstanding play on the field and his tremendous example of leadership. He’s a very smart football player who made our line calls and helped the guys around him player better.”
Notably, Pro Football Focus ranked Dickerson as the top-rated run-blocking center with a grade of 92.8 while ranking number 2 among centers in the FBS with an overall offensive grade of 91.5 entering the College Football Playoff Championship. He also had PFF’s highest WAR (wins Above Replacement) rating of any offensive lineman in college football this year.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and for the health and safety of attendees, Landon Dickerson will also be recognized during a Virtual Rimington Trophy Presentation on March 13, 2020. To learn more about the Trophy, please visit rimingtontrophy.com.
About the Rimington Trophy
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football. Since its inception, award has raised over $4.5 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only two-time winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com
The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.
About the Boomer Esiason Foundation
After their son’s cystic fibrosis diagnosis in 1993, Boomer and Cheryl Esiason founded the Boomer Esiason Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the cystic fibrosis community. Today, BEF offers scholarships, transplant grants, and other educational programs in an effort to assist CF patients and families in their daily lives. There have also been over 800 athletes who have competed in marathons, half marathons, and more to raise money and awareness for Team Boomer – the athletic division of the Foundation.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs, digestive system, and reproductive system of about 30,000 Americans by causing a thick build-up of mucus that leads to blockage, inflammation, and infection. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit eisason.org.
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