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|
|Miami (FL)||Corey||Gaynor||RS JR||6'4||299|
|North Carolina State||Grant||Gibson||RS JR||6'1||300|
|Notre Dame||Jarrett||Patterson||RS SO||6'4.5||305|
|Virginia Tech||Brock||Hoffman||RS JR||6'3||317|
|Wake Forest||Michael||Jurgens||RS SO||6'4||295|
|Oklahoma State||Ry||Schneider||RS SR||6'3||327|
|Michigan State||Matt||Allen||RS SR||6'3||300|
|Minnesota||John Michael||Schmitz||RS JR||6'4||320|
|Penn State||Michal||Menet||RS SR||6'4||306|
|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|
|New Mexico State||Max||Wilhite||RS SO||6'4||300|
|Eastern Michigan||Mike||Van Hoeven||SR||6'5||305|
|Kent State||Daniel||Johnson||RS SO||6'5||275|
|Western Michigan||Wesley||French||RS SR||6'5||295|
|Colorado State||Cam||Reddy||RS JR||6'1||305|
|San Jose State||Kyle||Hoppe||SR||6'1||290|
|Oregon State||Nathan||Eldridge||RS SR||6'4||282|
|South Carolina||Eric||Douglas||RS JR||6'4||315|
|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|
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.
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