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Rimington Trophy 2003 Watch List

Friday, August 15, 2003

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

DALLAS, TX --- The Dave Rimington Trophy today released the first watch list of top collegiate centers for the 2003 season. Awarded annually to the best center in the country, the Dave Rimington Trophy enters the 2003 season with a strong field of potential stand-out centers.

The Rimington Trophy recipient is determined by a consensus of the four All-America teams: The Walter Camp Football Foundation, America Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, and “The Sporting News.”

The four-year old trophy (Nebraska’s Dominic Raiola, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, and Miami’s Brett Romberg are past recipients) is presented by Canon, USA and Black & Decker. The award is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation which was established 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 ’82 – years in which he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s premiere college interior lineman.

The Sports Group also developed and directs the Heisman Winners Association (HWA), a limited liability company, which focuses marketing attention and opportunities on the Heisman winners as a collective group. TSG also currently works with and has worked with the John Wooden Award, the Senior CLASS Award, and the Driver of the Year Award as well as a variety of other professional and amateur organizations and companies.

2003 Rimington Preseason Watch List

Will Allen

Texas Sophomore 6’6” 300 lbs.
Todd Bachert Washington Senior 6’4” 310 lbs.
Kevin Bailey Virginia Senior 6’6” 293 lbs.
Jason Brown North Carolina Junior 6’3” 308 lbs.
Ben Buie Oklahoma State Junior 6’2” 305 lbs.
Vince Carter Oklahoma Junior 6’3” 277 lbs.
David Castillo Florida State Junior 6’2” 301 lbs.
Ryan Cook New Mexico Sophomore 6’7” 339 lbs.
Mike Degory Florida Sophomore 6’6” 304 lbs.

Dan Doughty

Arkansas Senior 6’2” 290 lbs.
Mark Dreyer Colorado State Senior 6’4” 281 lbs.
Greg Eslinger Minnesota Sophomore 6’3” 280 lbs.
Todd Ghilani* Northern Illinois Senior 6’4” 306 lbs.
Jake Grove Virginia Tech Senior 6’3” 300 lbs.
Rex Hadnot Houston Senior 6’2” 310 lbs.
Blake Jones Mississippi State Senior 6’2” 284 lbs.
Norm Katnick Southern California Senior 6’4” 280 lbs.
Dan Koons Louisville Junior 6’4” 286 lbs.
Nick Leckey Kansas State Senior 6’4” 285 lbs.
Danny Lindsey Auburn Junior 6’2” 300 lbs.
Matt Martinez Idaho Senior 6’2” 304 lbs.
Brian Ottney Michigan State Senior 6’6” 305 lbs.
Dave Pearson Michigan Senior 6’3” 291 lbs.
Hugh Reilly Georgia Tech Senior 6’4” 285 lbs.
A.J. Ricker Missouri Senior 6’4” 295 lbs.
Joel Rodriguez Miami Junior 6’3” 289 lbs.
Nick Romeo Syracuse Senior 6’2” 297 lbs.
Kyle Schmitt Maryland Junior 6’5” 300 lbs.
Nick Seitze Kentucky Senior 6’5” 275 lbs.
Josh Sewell Nebraska Senior 6’2” 300lbs.
Josh Shneyderov Cincinnati Senior 6’2” 272 lbs.
Alex Stepanovich Ohio State Senior 6’4” 310 lbs.
Ben Stephens* Rice Senior 6’2” 300 lbs.
Russ Tanner Georgia Sophomore 6’4” 290 lbs.
Dan Weaver Oregon Senior 6’5” 280 lbs.
Scott Wells Tennessee Senior 6’2” 300 lbs.
Doug White East Carolina Senior 6’ 310 lbs.
Ben Wilkerson LSU Junior 6’4” 300 lbs.

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