Scott Peters on Rimington Trophy Watch List

Sept. 5, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior center Scott Peters is one of 21 players on the preseason watch list for the 2001 Dave Rimington Trophy, which honors the nation's best offensive center.

The award is named for Dave Rimington, the University of Nebraska's two-time consensus All-America center and the only player to earn two John Outland Trophies. Rimington, also a two-time Academic All-American, and Boomer Esiason, a record-setting passer at the University of Maryland, were teammates on the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-87.

The Rimington Trophy, established in 2000, is sponsored by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The player honored with the inaugural award was the University of Nebraska's Dominic Raiola, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions earlier this year. The 2001 award will be presented Dec. 15 in Lincoln, Neb.

It marks the second national recognition of the season for the 6-4, 293-pound Pleasanton, Calif., native. Peters, who earned his bachelor's degree in May in communications, is also on the preseason watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award which is annually presented to the best lineman in the nation.

Last year, Peters started all 12 games at center for the Sun Devils en route to earning first-team All-Pac-10 accolades. A Sporting News Freshman All-American in 1998 and an honorable-mention all-conference selection in 1999, Peters has started 33 games in his career.

A preseason All-Pac-10 and third-team All-American selection, Peters has been named a season-long team captain this year by a vote of his teammates. Peters was also a recipient of the team's Cecil Abono Captains Award last year.

The 2001 Rimington Trophy Watch List:

Scott Peters, Arizona State University (Sr., 6-4, 293) - Peters was a preseason first-team All-Pac-10 and third-team All-America selection by Athlon Sports Magazine. He was the starting center in 12 games last year for the Sun Devils and also is on the watch list for the Lombardi Award, presented each year to the best lineman in college football.

Matt Anderson, University of Texas (Sr., 6-4, 305) - A starter in each of the last 22 games, Anderson last season was voted Texas' most consistent offensive player. He plays a key role in an offensive line that The Sporting News projected will be the second-best unit in the country.

Kyle Benn, University of Washington (Sr., 6-3, 300) - Benn last season started every game at center for the Huskies, extending his career streak to 22 consecutive games started. He last year helped Washington lead the Pac-10 in rushing for the second consecutive season and is the only returning starter on an offensive line that graduated six seniors in 2000.

LeCharles Bentley, Ohio State University (Sr., 6-2, 300) - Bentley last season started 12 games at center and has played 36 consecutive games for Ohio State. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was named offensive lineman of the game following the Illinois, Iowa and Penn State games.

Luke Butkus, University of Illinois (Sr., 6-4, 290) - Butkus last season helped lead the Illinois offense to its second consecutive 2,000-yard passing season and more than 1,700 rushing yards for the second straight year. He tallied 56 knockdowns and was in on 581 offensive snaps, second highest on the Fighting Illini behind All-American offensive tackle Marques Sullivan.

Troy Danhoff, UCLA (Sr., 6-5, 307) - Danhoff started all 12 games last season and played at least 80 snaps in five of those games. He's one of three returning starters on the Bruins' offensive line and is the only senior among the starting linemen.

Jeff Faine, University of Notre Dame (Jr., 6-3, 296) - Faine became the starting center for Notre Dame last season after not seeing varsity action as a rookie in 1999. He played every offensive snap in seven games and played a key role in enabling the Fighting Irish to rank 14th nationally in rushing and 17th in passing efficiency.

Melvin Fowler, University of Maryland (Sr., 6-3, 292) - Fowler is a fifth-year senior who begins his fourth season as Maryland's starting center. Boasting a streak of 33 consecutive starts, he helped the Terrapins finish second in the ACC in fewest sacks allowed. Fowler last year was named first-team All-ACC by CollegeFootballNews.com.

Chris Gibson, Oregon State University (Sr., 6-3, 279) - Gibson last season solidified his position as Oregon State's number one center and now has started 14 straight games for the Beavers. While Gibson may be somewhat small compared to other Pac-10 offensive linemen, he reportedly has great quickness and is able to get good leverage.

Al Johnson, University of Wisconsin (Jr., 6-4, 291) - Johnson started in 11 games in 2000. Was named honorable mention All-Big Ten and named Player of the Week vs. Michigan. Johnson's size and athletic ability make him a considerable weapon in the Badger arsenal.

Austin King, Northwestern University (Jr., 6-4, 284) - Northwestern calls King 'the best center in the country that no one has heard of ... yet.' He's started 21 straight games for the Wildcats, including eight as a true freshman in 1999. King graded out at better than 80 percent in five games last season.

Dan Koppen, Boston College (Jr., 6-3, 293) - Koppen last season was a Second-Team All-Big East pick and started all 11 games at center for Boston College. He helped the Eagles rank third in the Big East in total offense at nearly 415 yards a game and rushing offense at 201 yards per game. The Eagles offense also gave up only six sacks.

Seth McKinney, Texas A&M University (Sr., 6-3, 302) - McKinney last season earned first-team All-Big 12 honors after starting 12 games at center for the Aggies. He helped clear holes for an offense that averaged more than 380 yards of total offense per game and allowed just 10 sacks despite logging the second-most pass attempts in school history.

Josh Melton, University of Arkansas (So., 6-5, 310) - Melton was named the first-team center on The Birmingham News' preseason All-SEC team. He last season helped the Arkansas offensive line pave the way for five 100-yard rushing games by three different Razorback running backs. He posted 80+ percent marks in several games last year, including 94 percent against Auburn.

Ben Nowland, Auburn University (Jr., 6-3, 289) - Nowland last season started 10 games and played in 12 games at center for Auburn. He graded out at more than 90 percent in six games, tying for a team lead with six pancake blocks against Ole Miss in a game where he finished with a 97-percent grade on assignments. Nowland also graded 95 percent on 59 plays and had five rodeo blocks against Vanderbilt.

Brian Ottney, Michigan State University (So., 6-6, 305) - Ottney, one of the country's biggest centers, is a key player on the Michigan State offensive line. He last season had 74 pancake blocks and graded out at 90 percent or better in nine of the 10 games he played.

A.J. Ricker, University of Missouri (So., 6-4, 285) - Ricker started 11 games for Missouri last season as a redshirt freshman. He graded out at 75 percent, taking 654 snaps without a penalty, recording 45 knockdowns and allowing just seven hits on the Tigers quarterbacks.

Brett Romberg, University of Miami (Jr., 6-3, 290) - Romberg last season earned First-Team All-Big East recognition by The Sporting News. He is a key contributor to an offensive line that last year allowed only three quarterback sacks in 340 passing plans and helped pave the way for a 1,006-yard rushing season by Hurricanes tailback James Jackson.

Jason Scukanec, Brigham Young University (Sr., 6-2, 282) - Scukanec was named All-Mountain West second team in 2000. Started all 12 games for the Cougars at center. Earned coaches' award for his performance against Air Force. Provided pass protection for the top ranked BYU passing offense, which averaged 274.6 yards per game.

Lenny Vandermade, University of Southern California (So., 6-3, 275) - As a redshirt freshman, Vandermade was named to the 2000 Freshman All-American first teams by The Sporting News and Football News. He started all season for USC, the first five games at left offensive guard and the final seven at center.

Kyle Young, Clemson University (Sr., 6-3, 285) - Young this year could become the second offensive lineman in college football history to be named first-team Academic All-American three times. He played 766 snaps last season - more than any other Clemson player - and set a school record for knockdown blocks in a season with 120.

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