2012 Rimington Trophy Watch List announced
50 of the nation's top centers have been named to the 2012 Rimington Trophy Watch List. But with Alabama's Barrett Jones in the mix, is everyone else playing for second?
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:
|Mario Benavides||Louisville||6'4"||301||RS Senior|
|Braxston Cave||Notre Dame||6'3"||304||Graduate|
|Dillon Farrell||New Mexico||6'5"||290||Junior|
|Jay Finch||Georgia Tech||6'3"||283||RS Junior|
|B.J. Finney||Kansas State||6'4"||303||Sophomore|
|Kevin Galeher||Western Michigan||6'3"||300||Senior|
|Jonotthan Harrison||Florida||6'3"||300||RS Junior|
|Alec Johnson||San Diego State||6'3"||300||Senior|
|T.J. Johnson||South Carolina||6'6"||319||Senior|
|Tyler Larsen||Utah State||6'4"||308||Junior|
|Patrick Lewis||Texas A&M||6'2"||306||Senior|
|Joe Madsen||West Virginia||6'4"||310||RS Senior|
|Will Matte||Indiana||6'2"||290||RS Senior|
|Andrew Miller||Virginia Tech||6'4"||300||RS Junior|
|Austin Quattrochi||Southern Mississippi||6'3"||292||RS Junior|
|Weston Richburg||Colorado State||6'4"||297||Junior|
|Matt Stankiewitch||Penn State||6'3"||295||Senior|
|Evan Swindall||Ole Miss||6'2"||300||Junior|
|Stephen Warner||Louisiana Tech||6'0"||295||RS Senior|
|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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