July 6, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pat Elflein, the fifth-year all-conference offensive lineman for the Buckeyes who graduated this spring with his degree in communications, was named today to the Rimington Trophy watch list. The trophy honors the outstanding center in college football and is named after Nebraska great Dave Rimington.
Elflein, a 6-3, 300-pounder from Pickerington, Ohio, and Pickerington North High School, will be starting for a third consecutive season for the Buckeyes. The two-time all-Big Ten Conference guard is moving to center this season after 42 appearances and 29 starts at guard, and Ohio State coaches believe he will be one of the top centers in the country this season.
Elflein is a physical, no-nonsense young man who is personable, an excellent team representative and already named as a team captain this season by coach Urban Meyer. His solid character is represented in the fact he is a two-time “Iron Buckeye” award winner, which is awarded to six players bi-annually for unquestioned physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership.
Elflein has played on offensive lines that boast the top two yards per carry averages in school history: 6.8 yards in 2013 and 5.7 yards in 2014. He is also a fine student, having earned three OSU Scholar-Athlete awards and one Academic All-Big Ten Conference honor prior to his graduating in May.
The Rimington Trophy committee will announce its finalists Dec. 5. It will then use three prestigious All-American teams to determine its winner: Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America.