THE WATCHLIST

New York, NY --- Friday, July 23, 2021

The Rimington Trophy is proud to release its 2021 preseason Watchlist. This year, the Trophy committee worked with Pro Football Focus (PFF) to narrow down its list to the top 40 centers. PFF grades every player on every play of every game on how well they execute their given assignment. That play-by-play grading allowed the Trophy committee to create a watchlist based both on nominations from the school and data provided by PFF. Once the season begins, schools will be able to nominate their centers for late addition based on in-season merit.

The 2021 Rimington Trophy Watchlist is as follows:

Conference

   

First Name

Last Name

Class Year

Height

Weight

               

ACC

             
 

Boston College

 

Alec

Lindstrom

SR

6'3

295

 

Duke

 

Jack

Wohlabaugh

RS SR

6'4

305

 

Louisville

 

Cole

Bentley

SR

6'3

315

 

North Carolina State

 

Grant

Gibson

SR

6'1

305

 

Virginia

 

Olusegun

Oluwatimi

SR

6'3

310

               

American

             
 

Houston

 

Kody

Russey

SR

6'1

290

 

Temple

 

C.J.

Perez

GRAD

6'1

295

 

Tulane

 

Sincere

Haynesworth

JR

6'1

310

               

Big 12

             
 

Iowa State

 

Colin

Newell

SR

6'4

310

 

Kansas

 

Mike

Novitsky

RS JR

6'5

295

 

Oklahoma State

 

Danny

Godlevske

RS SR

6'3

300

 

TCU

 

Steve

Avila

JR

6'4

314

 

Texas Tech

 

Dawson

Deaton

SR

6'6

310

               

Big Ten

             
 

Illinois

 

Doug

Kramer

SR

6'2

300

 

Iowa

 

Tyler

Linderbaum

JR

6'3

289

 

Minnesota

 

John Michael

Schmitz

RS SR

6'4

320

 

Nebraska

 

Cam

Jurgens

SO/JR

6'3

290

 

Northwestern

 

Sam

Gerak

SR

6'4

295

 

Wisconsin

 

Kayden

Lyles

SR

6'3

323

               

C-USA

             
 

Marshall

 

Alex

Salguero

RS SR

6'4

324

               

Independent

             
 

BYU

 

James

Empey

JR

6'4

303

 

Notre Dame

 

Jarrett

Patterson

JR

6'5

305

               

MAC

             
 

NIU

 

Brayden

Patton

RS SR

6'5

309

 

Toledo

 

Bryce

Harris

SR

6'3

292

               

MWC

             
 

Nevada

 

Tyler

Orsini

GRAD

6'2

295

               

Pac-12

             
 

Arizona

 

Josh

McCauley

SR

6'4

294

 

Arizona State

 

Dohnovan

West

SO

6'4

282

 

California

 

Michael

Saffell

SR

6'2

290

 

Oregon

 

Alex

Forsyth

JR

6'4

305

 

Oregon State

 

Nathan

Eldridge

RS SR

6'4

282

 

Washington

 

Luke

Wattenberg

SR

6'5

300

 

Washington State

 

Brian

Greene

RS SR

6'3

300

               

SEC

             
 

Arkansas

 

Ricky

Stromberg

JR

6'4

311

 

Auburn

 

Nick

Brahms

SR

6'4

302

 

Georgia

 

Warren

Ericson

JR

6'4

305

 

LSU

 

Liam

Shanahan

GRAD

6'5

305

 

Mizzou

 

Michael

Maietti

GRAD

6'1

290

               

Sun Belt

             
 

App State

 

Baer

Hunter

SR

6'2

300

 

Louisiana

 

Shane

Vallot

RS JR

6'0

267

 

Troy

 

Dylan

Bradshaw

SR

6'3

311

 

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, provided with data from Pro Football Focus.

 

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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, the award has raised over $4.8 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

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, Boomer Esiason’s son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF). Boomer and his wife Cheryl founded the Boomer Esiason Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the cystic fibrosis community. To date, the Foundation has raised over $152 million and works to provide educational and financial resources to help people living with CF in the here and now.

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.

 

About Pro Football Focus

Since 2006, PFF has separated themselves from the pack in their ability to provide game-changing data supported through studying every player, on every player, of every game. 

In 2014, they began to do so for college football, too.

 

 

Rimington Trophy Contact:

Michelle Pelini

646.292.7946

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