Stork captured the 2013 Rimington Trophy given to the nation's most outstanding center on Thursday at the ESPNU Red Carpet Show preceding the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Stork becomes the 14th winner of the trophy, which is presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation in honor of College Football Hall of Famer and former Nebraska All-America center Dave Rimington. The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-America center pick from the Walter Camp, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America All-America teams.A fifth-year player from Vero Beach, Fla., Stork is the veteran leader (40 career starts) of the nation's top offense. This season the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Seminoles (13-0) set FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (6,882 yards) and points (689), while averaging 53.0 points per game - second in the country. FSU leads the nation with 90 touchdowns and is just 28 points away from setting the national record for points in a season. With the Stork-led Seminole offensive line paving the way, FSU ranks first in the ACC and sixth in the nation in total offense per game (529.4) and has three wide receivers and a running back on pace for 1,000-yard seasons.
Redshirt junior who came into the season as the lone offensive line starter with more than one career start and anchored the young unit...started 13 games at center after working extensively at tackle in the spring...posted a team-leading season average grade of 85.6 percent...ranked second on the team with 26 knockdown blocks...made his 27th career start against Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl...has also started at guard during his FSU career.
Made 10 starts as a redshirt sophomore and played in 12 of 13 games...opened the year as the starting left guard, filling the void for graduated All-American Rodney Hudson, after making four starts at right guard in 2010...got his first work at center in the second half against Charleston Southern and took over the starting duties the following week against No. 1 Oklahoma...a tenacious competitor whose physical skills as a dominant run blocker were honed as a high school tight end in a run-based offense...led all Seminole linemen with 27 knockdown blocks on the year, including a season and career-high six at Clemson...added five knockdowns against Maryland and four each against Charleston Southern and Virginia...boasts the highest season average grade among linemen at 78 percent, posting six grades of 80 or better, including five through the first six games of the season...notched his top grade - 88 percent - against Virginia...missed the Boston College game while battling recurring headaches, but returned to action in the first half of the Miami game...was penalized just four times in 692 snaps on the year...had a 10-game stretch without allowing a sack and yielded just three over the course of the season...selected the offensive warrior in the weight room at the team's annual banquet.
Redshirt freshman who began the season as a reserve, but was thrust into action at right guard...participated in 361 plays but saw only spot action until replacing veteran starter David Spurlock midway through the Boston College game...made his first career start the following week at NC State and performed admirably on the big stage...missed the next two games with illness...returned to action on the road at Maryland, replacing Henry Orelus at right guard in the second quarter...started the last three games of the season and graded out at 77 percent in the ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech...followed that performance up by grading out at 80 percent with a 92 pass grade in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against South Carolina...an outstanding pass blocker, also registered 13 knockdown blocks, including three each against Boston College, NC State and Virginia Tech.
Redshirt season as a true freshman.
A tight end in high school, had the frame and the tenacity to make the move to offensive line...primarily a blocker in a run-based high school offense, where he registered 43 pancake blocks...chose the Seminoles over Maryland, Syracuse, UCF and FIU...born November 15, 1990.