The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the best college football center in the country and has recently released its Watch List for 2012. Listed amongst the great centers in the country are five from the Mountain West Conference (listed alphabetically).
Nick Carlson: Wyoming Cowboys - The senior is 6'4", 292 pounds and is a two-time All-Conference center. The Cowboy offensive line allowed only 11 sacks all season while the team averaged over 185 yards rushing per game. He has also played guard and is originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Dillon Farrell: New Mexico Lobos - Initially, he was the starting center for the Lobos two years ago but played the tackle and guard positions last season before being switched back to center for his junior year in 2012 (he redshirted in 2009). He's 6'5" 290 pounds and is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Alec Johnson: San Diego State Aztecs - A fifth-year senior, the 6'3" 300 pounder is originally from Denver, Colorado. An All-Academic in 2011, he has 29 starts heading into 2012 and played his first two years as a guard but eventually became the starting center last season.
Weston Richburg: Colorado State Rams - Originally from Bushland, Texas, the fourth-year junior is renowned for playing with a broken snapping hand at year's end. He's 6'4" 297 pounds and started off as a guard in 2010 before switching to center in mid-season.
Robert Waterman: UNLV Rebels - A redshirt sophomore, the 6'2" 290 pounder is very bright, making the Dean's Honor List. He's from Castaic, California, and as a freshman, started all 12 games last season.
The Rimington Trophy is named after the great center Dave Rimington who was a two-time All-American and Outland Trophy winner from Nebraska. The winner is announced after the football season is over. By the way, the Mountain West Conference had the second most selected, behind only the SEC.
The Hawaii Warriors don't have a center on the list but they do have an up-and-coming freshman who will start this year, in Ben Clarke. The 6'3" 275 pounder was born in San Diego, California, but played high school ball in Littleton, Colorado. Early impressions are very good.
Personally, I have immense respect for the position - it was the first spot on a football team I ever played when I started Pop Warner. I vowed never to play the position again because it was the hardest and most thankless job on the team. I'm glad they get the accolades they do get and here's to all the great gridiron players to snap a football in the past, present and future.
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Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of Hawaii since visiting there 40 years ago and dozens of times since. Go 'Bows!
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