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Minnesota center Jared Weyler was named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy today. The award is presented annually to the player who is considered to be the best center in college football.
Weyler, who checks in at 6-4, 305 pounds, started eight of the 10 games he played in last season. He saw most of his action at guard, but did see Big Ten action at center. His season was hampered by an injury that kept him from playing against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Washington State.
Prior to his injury, the Ohio product was a staple on the offensive line and blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns. He was also named Academic All-Big Ten.
Minnesota’s lone Rimington Trophy winner was Greg Eslinger, who won the award in 2005.
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. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised more than $2.9 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $130 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast over 745 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org for more information. The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Seventeen of the association's 23 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates. Following is the entire 2017 preseason watch list calendar:
July 10: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award
July 11: Mackey Award
July 12: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
July 13: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
July 14: Jim Thorpe Award
July 17: Butkus Award / Paul Hornung Award
July 18: Biletnikoff Award / Wuerffel Trophy
July 19: Davey O’Brien Award
July 20: Doak Walker Award
July 21: Walter Camp Award
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