2012 Rimington Trophy Watch List announced

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer
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 AtkinsonUTEP6'3"305Senior
Mario BenavidesLouisville6'4"301RS Senior
Nick CarlsonWyoming6'4"292Senior
Braxston CaveNotre Dame6'3"304Graduate
Reese DismukesAuburn6'3"302Sophomore
Trent DupyTulsa6'2"285Senior
Dillon FarrellNew Mexico6'5"290Junior
James FerentzIowa6'2"284Senior
Jay FinchGeorgia Tech6'3"283RS Junior
B.J. FinneyKansas State6'4"303Sophomore
Travis FrederickWisconsin6'4"328Junior
Dalton FreemanClemson6'5"285Graduate
James FryTCU6'3"290Senior
Kevin GaleherWestern Michigan6'3"300Senior
Hronis GrasuOregon6'3"284Sophomore
Ben HabernOklahoma6'4"292Senior
Gus HandlerColorado6'3"295Junior
Jonotthan HarrisonFlorida6'3"300RS Junior
Khaled HolmesUSC6'4"305Senior
Andre HuvalLouisiana-Lafayette6'1"305Junior
Alec JohnsonSan Diego State6'3"300Senior
T.J. JohnsonSouth Carolina6'6"319Senior
Barrett JonesAlabama6'5"302Senior
Zac KerinToledo6'5"294Junior
Tyler LarsenUtah State6'4"308Junior
Patrick LewisTexas A&M6'2"306Senior
P.J. LonerganLSU6'4"305Senior
Mackey MacPersonSyracuse6'2"269Junior
Joe MadsenWest Virginia6'4"310RS Senior
Mike MarboeIdaho6'3"301Sophomore
Will MatteIndiana6'2"290RS Senior
Blake McJunkinSMU6'2"295Senior
Andrew MillerVirginia Tech6'4"300RS Junior
Graham PocicIllinois6'7"305Senior
Ryan PowisArmy6'0"257Sophomore
Austin QuattrochiSouthern Mississippi6'3"292RS Junior
Jordan RaeUCF6'2"275Senior
Weston RichburgColorado State6'4"297Junior
Sam SchwartzsteinStanford6'3"290Senior
Matt SmithKentucky6'4"291Senior
Matt StankiewitchPenn State6'3"295Senior
Tevita StevensUtah6'3"302Senior
Travis SwansonArkansas6'5"305Junior
Evan SwindallOle Miss6'2"300Junior
Ryan TurnleyPittsburgh6'6"320Senior
Brandon VitabileNorthwestern6'3"300Sophomore
Stephen WarnerLouisiana Tech6'0"295RS Senior
Robert WatermanUNLV6'2"290Sophomore
Camden WentzNC State6'3"225Senior

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