Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Like Christmas decorations at your favorite mall, college football award "watch lists" always seem to arrive earlier than you expect them to ... but that doesn't mean they're not welcome.
So we're happy to note that first out of the gate this year is the Spring Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, released today with 42 names. The Rimington is awarded annually to the nation's top center, as determined by four major posteason All-American teams.
The full list (with photos!) is here, but here's 10 names (in alphabetical order) it will pay to keep an eye on this season:
Mike Brewster, Ohio State. Third straight year on Rimington Watch List for former finalist and freshman All-American.
Thomas Byrd, Boise State. Redshirt senior and two-time Watch List member has started every game of Boise career.
Mike Caputo, Nebraska. Honorable mention All-Big 12 after starting all 14 games for league's leading rushing game.
Garth Gehart, Arizona State. With only three returning centers in conference, a favorite for 2011 All-Pac-12 honors.
Tyler Horn, Miami. Started all 13 games in 2010 for ACC's No. 3 rushing attack.
Ben Jones, Georgia. Senior and mutiple Watch List member has started 35 games for Bulldogs.
Peter Konz, Wisconsin. 2010 Watch List member and 2009 freshman All-American.
David Molk, Michigan. Redshirt senior was named Rimington finalist and first-team All-Big Ten in 2010.
William Vlachos, Alabama. 2010 second team All-SEC center has 27 career starts.
Scott Wedige, Northern Illinois. 2010 First team All-MAC center on nation's No. 7 rush offense.