THE WATCHLIST

 

 

New York, NY --- Wednesday, October 14, 2020

 

The Rimington Trophy Committee adjusted its procedures with consideration to the COVID-19 pandemic, choosing to hold its 2020 watch list until play began and a plan was implemented across all Division I conferences. This year, it accepted all nominations from eligible Division I programs with the goal of highlighting as many collegiate centers as possible and showing the outstanding commitment of the following students athletes.

 

The 2020 Fall Watch List:

 

Conference

 

 

First Name 

Last Name 

Class Year

Height 

Weight 

ACC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston College

 

Alec

Lindstrom

JR

6'3

295

 

Clemson

 

Cade

Stewart

GRAD

6'3

305

 

Duke

 

Will

Taylor

RS JR

6'3

305

 

Georgia Tech

 

Mikey

Minihan

JR

6'3

307

 

Louisville

 

Cole

Bentley

SR

6'5

306

 

Miami (FL)

 

Corey

Gaynor

RS JR

6'4

299

 

North Carolina

 

Brian

Anderson

JR

6'2

300

 

North Carolina State

 

Grant

Gibson

RS JR

6'1

300

 

Notre Dame

 

Jarrett

Patterson

RS SO

6'4.5

305

 

Pittsburgh

 

Jimmy

Morrissey

RS SR

6'3

305

 

Syracuse

 

Carlos

Vettorello

RS SO

6'4

289

 

Virginia

 

Olusegun

Oluwatimi

JR

6'3

310

 

Virginia Tech

 

Brock

Hoffman

RS JR

6'3

317

 

Wake Forest

 

Michael

Jurgens

RS SO

6'4

295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cincinnati

 

Jakari

Robinson

JR

6'0

308

 

SMU

 

Alan

Ali

JR

6'4

303

 

Temple

 

C.J.

Perez

GRAD

6'1

287

 

Tulane

 

Sincere Amaru

Haynesworth

SO

6'1

315

 

Tulsa

 

Gerard

Wheeler

JR

6'3

325

 

USF

 

Brad

Cecil

JR

6'4

307

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iowa State

 

Colin

Newell

JR

6'4

304

 

Kansas

 

Api

Mane

SR

6'3

320

 

Kansas State

 

Noah

Johnson

SR

6'1

287

 

Oklahoma

 

Creed

Humphrey

RS JR

6'5

320

 

Oklahoma State

 

Ry

Schneider

RS SR

6'3

327

 

TCU

 

Esteban

Avila

SO

6'4

314

 

Texas

 

Derek

Kertstetter

SR

6'5

293

 

Texas Tech

 

Dawson

Deaton

JR

6'6

305

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Ten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois

 

Doug

Kramer

SR

6'2

300

 

Indiana

 

Harry

Crider

SR

6'4

311

 

Iowa

 

Tyler

Linderbaum

SO

6'3

289

 

Maryland

 

Johnny

Jordan

SR

6'1

305

 

Michigan State

 

Matt

Allen

RS SR

6'3

300

 

Nebraska

 

Cameron

Jurgens

SO

6'3

285

 

Ohio State

 

Josh

Myers

JR

6'5

312

 

Penn State

 

Michal

Menet

RS SR

6'4

306

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C-USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte

 

Jaelin

Fisher

RS SR

6'2

285

 

FIU

 

Shane

McGough

RS SR

6'2

302

 

Florida Atlantic

 

Nick

Weber

RS JR

6'3

296

 

Louisiana Tech

 

Kody Ray

Russey

RS SR

6'1

290

 

UAB

 

Andrew

Smith, Jr.

RS SR

6'1

310

 

UTEP

 

Andrew

Meyer

RS SO

6'5

295

 

UTSA

 

Ahofitu

Maka

JR

6'3

320

 

WKU

 

Seth

Joest

RS SR

6'3

295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Army

 

Connor

Bishop

SO

6'3

290

 

BYU

 

James

Empey

JR

6'4

300

 

Liberty

 

Thomas

Sargeant

RS SR

6'1

295

 

Massachusetts

 

Dalton

Tomlison

JR

6'5

310

 

New Mexico State

 

Max

Wilhite

RS SO

6'4

300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buffalo

 

Mike

Novitsky

SO

6'5

295

 

Eastern Michigan

 

Mike

Van Hoeven

SR

6'5

305

 

Kent State

 

Daniel

Johnson

RS SO

6'5

275

 

Miami

 

Danny

Godlevske

SR

6'2

300

 

Ohio

 

Brett

Kitrell

SR

6'3

302

 

Toledo

 

Bryce

Harris

SR

6'3

292

 

Western Michigan

 

Wesley

French

RS SR

6'5

295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MWC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorado State

 

Cam

Reddy

RS SO

6'1

305

 

Fresno State

 

Matt

Smith

SR

5'11

285

 

Hawaii

 

Taaga

Tuulima

SR

6'2

290

 

New Mexico

 

Kyle

Stapley

SR

6'3

298

 

San Jose State

 

Kyle

Hoppe

SR

6'1

290

 

Wyoming

 

Keegan

Cryder

JR

6'4

309

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pac-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona

 

Josh

McCauley

RS SR

6'4

285

 

California

 

Michael

Saffell

SR

6'2

290

 

Colorado

 

Colby

Pursell

JR

6'4

305

 

Oregon State

 

Nous

Keobounnam

RS SR

6'2

283

 

Stanford

 

Drew

Dalman

RS JR

6'3

286

 

USC

 

Brett

Neilon

RS JR

6'2

305

 

Utah

 

Orlando

Umana

SR

6'4

311

 

Washington

 

Luke

Wattenberg

SR

6'5

297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alabama

 

Landon

Dickerson

RS SR

6'6

325

 

Arkansas

 

Ricky

Stromberg

SO

6'4

311

 

Auburn

 

Nick

Brahms

JR

6'3

299

 

Florida

 

Brett

Heggie

RS SR

6'5

321

 

Georgia

 

Trey

Hill

JR

6'4

330

 

Kentucky

 

Drake

Jackson

SR

6'2

292

 

LSU

 

Liam

Shanahan

SR-TR

6'5

304

 

Mizzou

 

Michael

Maietti

RS SR

6'1

290

 

Ole Miss

 

Ben

Brown

JR

6'5

315

 

South Carolina

 

Eric

Douglas

RS JR

6'4

315

 

Tennessee

 

Brandon

Kennedy

SR

6'3

301

 

Texas A&M

 

Ryan

McCollum

GRAD

6'5

300

 

Vanderbilt

 

Grant

Miller

SR

6'4

297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun Belt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

App State

 

Noah

Hannon

SR

6'1

270

 

Arkansas State

 

Jacob

Still

RS SR

6'1

296

 

Coastal Carolina

 

Sam

Thompson

RS SR

5'9

290

 

Georgia State

 

Malik

Sumter

RS JR

6'1

295

 

Louisiana

 

Shane

Vallot

RS JR

6'0

281

 

South Alabama

 

Brian

Ankerson

SR

6'1

295

 

Texas State

 

Reece

Jordan

SR

6'3

275

 

Troy

 

Dylan

Bradshaw

SR

6'3

292

 

While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee uses these three prestigious teams to determine a winner:

 

·       Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)

·       Sporting News (SN)

·       Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)

 

 

Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a "mix" of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11-man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the All- America teams.

 

The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. Because of COVID-19 and the ever-changing guidelines of in-person events, details of the annual presentation will be announced when confirmed.

 

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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

In 1993, Gunnar Esiason – son of former NFL MVP quarterback Boomer Esiason – was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. 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.

 

Boomer and his wife Cheryl founded the Boomer Esiason Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the cystic fibrosis community. The Foundation has raised over $150 million. 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.

 

Rimington Trophy Contact:

Michelle Pelini

646.292.7946

[email protected]