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NEW YORK CITY – The Rimington Trophy committee has released its 2009 Spring Watch List. The list includes 12 returning players from the 2008 Watch List.

In all, there are 44 players on the Watch List. The SEC checks in with the most candidates, with six players being named.  The ACC, Big-12, Big Ten and WAC are represented by five players each on the Watch List.

The following is a list of those named to the 2009 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List.

Eddie Adamski

Northern Illinois

6’3″

280

RS Senior

Kenny Alfred

Washington State

6’2″

310

RS Senior

Garrett Anderson

South Carolina

6’4″

307

Senior

Tim Barnes

Missouri

6’4″

305

Junior

Carl Barnett

Houston

6’2″

285

RS Senior

Colin Baxter

Arizona

6’4″

295

Junior

Joe Bernardi

Fresno State

6’3″

290

Junior

Ryan Blaszczyk

Rutgers

6’4″

295

Senior 

Ben Bojicic

Bowling Green

6’4″

273

RS Sophomore

Mike Brewster

Ohio State

6’5″

296

Sophomore

J.C. Brignone

Mississippi State

6’2″

300

Junior

Ben Burkett

Northwestern

6’4″

280

Sophomore

Thomas Byrd

Boise State

5’11”

275

Sophomore

Ronnie Castillo

San Jose State

6’0″

292

Senior

Eric Cook

New Mexico

6’6″

315

Senior

Lowell Dyer

North Carolina

6’4″

290

Senior 

John Estes

Hawaii

6’2″

290

Senior 

Daverin Geralds

Mississippi

6’2″

312

Senior

Jorge Gonzalez

Kentucky

6’3″

305

Senior 

Chris Hall

Texas

6’4″

300

Senior 

Jacob Hickman

Nebraska

6’4″

295

Senior

Trask Iosefa

San Diego State

6’0″

315

Junior

Ted Larsen

North Carolina State

6’2″

295

Senior 

Kevin Matthews

Texas A&M

6’4″

297

Senior

Jim McKenzie

Syracuse

6’4″

286

Junior

Ryan McMahon

Florida State

6’3″

282

RS Junior

Colin Miller

Central Michigan

6’3″

291

Junior 

John Moffitt

Wisconsin

6’2″

313

Junior

David Molk

Michigan

6’2″

383

RS Sophomore

Bryan Morgan

Duke

6’3″

250

Junior

Joel Nitchman

Michigan State

6’3″

296

Senior

Kristofer O’ Dowd

USC

6’5″

300

Junior

Maurkice Pouncey

Florida

6’5″

318

Junior

Lon Roberts

Louisiana Tech

6’3″

277

RS Junior

Jake Seitz

Alabama-Birmingham

6’2″

290

Senior 

Brad Serini

Florida International

6’3″

300

Junior

Matthew Tennant

Boston College

6’4″

284

Junior 

Mark Thompson

Middle Tennessee

6’5″

302

RS Senior

Bradley Vierling

Vanderbilt

6’2″

294

RS Senior

Tim Walter

Colorado State

6’6″

290

Senior

J.D. Walton

Baylor

6’3″

305

Senior

Dan Wenger

Notre Dame

6’4″

302

Senior

While more than a dozen All-America football teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee uses these four prestigious teams to determine a winner:

* American Football Coaches Association

* Walter Camp Foundation

* Sporting News

* Football Writers Association of America

Because 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 Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln , Nebraska , on January 16, 2009.

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About the Rimington Trophy

The ten-year old trophy is presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Past recipients include Nebraska ‘s Dominic Raiola, Ohio State ‘s LeCharles Bentley, Miami ‘s Brett Romberg, Virginia Tech’s Jake Grove, co-winners Michigan ‘s David Baas and LSU’s Ben Wilkerson, Minnesota ‘s Greg Eslinger, West Virginia ‘s Dan Mozes, Arkansas ’ Jonathan Luigs, and Penn State’s A.Q. Shipley. Since its inception the Rimington Trophy Award has raised over $1.3 million for the award’s benefactor, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation that to date has raised over $73 milllion for CF Research.

Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.

The Rimington Trophy is a fully accredited member of the National College Football Awards Association.