2012 Rimington Trophy Watch List announced

Another 2012 Watch List has been announced as the summer offseason rolls along, this time from the Rimington Trophy, the award given to (per a Rimington statement) "the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football."*

Of the 50 names included on the list, several stand out: Notre Dame's Braxston Cave, Iowa's James Ferentz, LSU's P.J. Lonergan, USC's Khaled Holmes. But in an unusual development for an offensive line award like the Rimington, the trophy will enter the season with a clear and heavy favorite: Alabama's Barrett Jones, the unanimous All-American, 2011 Outland Trophy winner, and two-time first-team All-SEC honoree at right guard and then left tackle.

Jones was expected to enter the 2011 NFL Draft and become a first-round selection, but elected instead to return for his senior season. He'll now spend that season at center after Nick Saban's decision to make room for sophomore (and former five-star recruit) Cyrus Kouandjio and left tackle.

In the event of injury or another position switch, the Rimington field will be wide open. But if not, it will take a very special season indeed for anyone to beat out a player with the kind of name recognition and immense skill boasted by Jones.

Here's the complete list:

Eloy Atkinson UTEP 6'3" 305 Senior
Mario Benavides Louisville 6'4" 301 RS Senior
Nick Carlson Wyoming 6'4" 292 Senior
Braxston Cave Notre Dame 6'3" 304 Graduate
Reese Dismukes Auburn 6'3" 302 Sophomore
Trent Dupy Tulsa 6'2" 285 Senior
Dillon Farrell New Mexico 6'5" 290 Junior
James Ferentz Iowa 6'2" 284 Senior 
Jay Finch Georgia Tech 6'3" 283 RS Junior
B.J. Finney Kansas State 6'4" 303 Sophomore
Travis Frederick Wisconsin 6'4" 328 Junior
Dalton Freeman Clemson 6'5" 285 Graduate
James Fry TCU 6'3" 290 Senior
Kevin Galeher Western Michigan 6'3" 300 Senior
Hronis Grasu Oregon 6'3" 284 Sophomore
Ben Habern Oklahoma 6'4" 292 Senior 
Gus Handler Colorado 6'3" 295 Junior 
Jonotthan Harrison Florida 6'3" 300 RS Junior
Khaled Holmes USC 6'4" 305 Senior 
Andre Huval Louisiana-Lafayette 6'1" 305 Junior 
Alec Johnson San Diego State 6'3" 300 Senior
T.J. Johnson South Carolina 6'6" 319 Senior
Barrett Jones Alabama 6'5" 302 Senior 
Zac Kerin Toledo 6'5" 294 Junior
Tyler Larsen Utah State 6'4" 308 Junior
Patrick Lewis Texas A&M 6'2" 306 Senior
P.J. Lonergan LSU 6'4" 305 Senior 
Mackey MacPerson Syracuse 6'2" 269 Junior
Joe Madsen West Virginia 6'4" 310 RS Senior
Mike Marboe Idaho 6'3" 301 Sophomore
Will Matte Indiana 6'2" 290 RS Senior
Blake McJunkin SMU 6'2" 295 Senior
Andrew Miller Virginia Tech 6'4" 300 RS Junior
Graham Pocic Illinois 6'7" 305 Senior
Ryan Powis Army 6'0" 257 Sophomore 
Austin Quattrochi Southern Mississippi 6'3" 292 RS Junior
Jordan Rae UCF 6'2" 275 Senior 
Weston Richburg Colorado State 6'4" 297 Junior
Sam Schwartzstein Stanford 6'3" 290 Senior
Matt Smith Kentucky 6'4" 291 Senior
Matt Stankiewitch Penn State 6'3" 295 Senior
Tevita Stevens Utah 6'3" 302 Senior
Travis Swanson Arkansas 6'5" 305 Junior
Evan Swindall Ole Miss 6'2" 300 Junior
Ryan Turnley Pittsburgh 6'6" 320 Senior
Brandon Vitabile Northwestern 6'3" 300 Sophomore
Stephen Warner Louisiana Tech 6'0" 295 RS Senior
Robert Waterman UNLV 6'2" 290 Sophomore
Camden Wentz NC State 6'3" 225 Senior

*Nicely done, Rimington folk; we've never really liked that whole "FBS"/"FCS" thing, either.
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