Alex Mack Selected to the 2007 Rimington Watch List
May 1, 2007
BERKELEY - California junior offensive lineman Alex Mack was selected to the 2007 Rimington Trophy spring watch list which made its debut today, marking the eighth year of recognizing the most outstanding center in college football.
A total of 46 players were named to the list, making it easily the largest Rimington Trophy Watch List to date. While 11 players make their return from the 2006 campaign, 35 new centers will be vying for the trophy this year. 23 of those centers are seniors, 18 are juniors, while five are sophomores.
The Southeastern Conference leads the way with eight nominees on the list. The Western Athletic Conference and Pac-10 Conference follow with six nominees each.
Mack (Santa Barbara) garnered first-team All-Pac-10 honors last season after starting all 13 games at the center position. He was a second team Pac-10 All-Academic selection and was voted the team's Most Improved Offensive Lineman. Mack finished the 2006 regular season with team-highs of 25.5 pancakes and 57.5 knockdowns. He was named to ESPN.com's All-Bowl team after helping the Bears spring two running backs for 100-yard games and not allowing a sack in the Holiday Bowl win over Texas A&M.
Mack was also selected to the preliminary watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which honors the nation's top lineman (offensive or defensive), earlier in March. Mack's teammate, Zack Follett was selected to the Lott Trophy watch list in April, crediting the nation's top defensive player.
Dan Mozes (West Virginia), the 2006 Rimington Trophy winner, was recently signed to a contract by the Minnesota Vikings. In all, five players from the 2006 campaign were selected in the 2006 NFL Draft, including 2006 Rimington finalist Ryan Kalil, who was a 2nd Round pick of the Carolina Panthers.
'With only one returning finalist (Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas) from last season the competition will be wide open which will certainly make for an exciting race. Center is a very difficult position to evaluate and of course play so I wish all of the candidates and their respective teams a successful season', said Dave Rimington.
The eight year old trophy is presented by Canon, Cornhusker Marriott, and Logitech. The award is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. West Virginia's Dan Mozes, Minnesota's Greg Eslinger, Michigan's David Baas (2004 co-winner), LSU's Ben Wilkerson (2004 co-winner), Virginia Tech's Jake Grove, Miami's Brett Romberg, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, and Nebraska's Dominic Raiola are past recipients. Esiason created his foundation in 1993 to support research and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Esiason and Dave Rimington were teammates on the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-87. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All- America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982 during which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premiere college interior lineman.
The winner is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All America Teams including the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of AmericaBecause the selectors of these four All-America teams can place centers in a 'mix' of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11-man first teams can often have two centers. Our policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they maybe listed as guards or tackles on the four All American teams.
The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the Rimington Trophy committee.
The winner will be honored at an awards banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska in January of 2008.