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Rimington watch list details list of returning centers

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It’s the dead time of the college football calendar, which means it’s time for this sport’s oldest, most antiquated tradition: watch lists.

First one in line is the Rimington Trophy, given to the best center in college football. And to help voters narrow down their choice for when voting picks up six months from now, the Rimington has helpfully provided this watch list of essentially every returning starting center in college football.

The 2017 list includes (deep breath):

– Aaron Mitchell, Fresno State
– Alan Knott, South Carolina
– Alac Eberle, Florida State
– Antonyo Woods, Florida Atlantic
– Asotui Eli, Hawaii
– Austin Doan, Central Michigan
– Austin Golson, Auburn
– Austin Schlottmann, TCU
– Billy Price, Ohio State
– Blaise Fountain, New Mexico
– Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State
– Brad North, Northwestern
– Bradley Bozeman, Alabama
– Brendan Moore, Maryland
– Brian Allen, Michigan State
– Bryce Holland, Army
– Cameron Ruff, South Florida
– Chandler Miller, Tulsa
– Coleman Shelton, Washington
– Colton Prater, Texas A&M
– Danny Godloveske, Miami (Ohio)
– Dennis Edwards, Western Kentucky
– Drew Keyser, Memphis
– Erick Wren, Oklahoma
– Evan Brown, SMU
– Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
– Gabe Mobley, Georgia State
– Garrett McGhin, East Carolina
– Jake Bennett, Colorado State
– Jake Hanson, Oregon
– Jake Pruehs, Ohio
– James Daniels, Iowa
– James O’Hagan, Buffalo
– Jesse Burkett, Stanford
– John Keenoy, Western Michigan
– Jon Baker, Boston College
– Julian Good-Jones, Iowa State
– Keoni Taylor, San Jose State
– LaVonne Gauthney, Akron
– Levi Brown, Marshall
– Luke Shively, Northern Illinois
– Mason Hampton, Boise State
– Matt Hennessy, Temple
– Mesa Ribordy, Kansas
– Michael Deiter, Wisconsin
– Nathan Puthoff, Kent State
– Nick Allegretti, Illinois
– Nick Clarke, Old Dominion
– Reid Najvar, Kansas State
– Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest
– Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame
– Scott Quessenberry, UCLA
– Sean Krepsz, Nevada
– Sean Rawlings, Ole Miss
– Sumner Houston, Oregon State
– T.J. McCoy, Florida
– Tanner Thrift, Baylor
– Tejan Koroma, BYU
– Tim McAullife, Bowling Green
– Trey Martin, Rice
– Will Clapp, LSU
– Will Noble, Houston
– Zach Shackelford, Texas

Exhale.

Got all that?

Ohio State’s Pat Elflein claimed the honor last season.

Boise State lands commitment from Kansas graduate transfer QB Montell Cozart

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Less than a month after losing a quarterback, Boise State has filled that signal-calling void.

While the football program has yet to confirm it, the Idaho Statesman, citing an unnamed source, is reporting that Montell Cozart has committed to Boise State.  The player himself confirmed the news via Twitter a short time ago.

Cozart announced in late February that he would be transferring from Kansas.

The fifth-year senior will be coming to the Broncos as a graduate transfer, giving him immediate eligibility for the upcoming season.  This year will be his final season of eligibility.

Cozart started five games as a true sophomore in 2014, then started three of the first four games of the 2015 season before a shoulder injury ultimately sidelined him for the remainder of the year.  After starting seven games this past season, he lost his job just past the midway point and never got it back.

He received a medical hardship waiver for the 2015 season, giving him another year of eligibility that he’ll apparently use with the Broncos.

Junior Brett Rypien is Boise’s unquestioned starter, with Cozart battling with redshirt freshman Jake Constantine for the backup job.  A three-star 2017 signee, Chase Cord, will join that fray when he arrives in the summer.

Junior college transfer Rathen Ricedorff would’ve been a part of the quarterbacking mix, but an unspecified NCAA rules violation rendered him ineligible for the entire 2017 season.  Ricedorff subsequently left the football team and is not expected to return.

Boise State QB Rathen Ricedorff ruled ineligible over NCAA violation

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Boise State’s quarterback room will have one less seat moving forward.

The football program announced in a statement Tuesday that Rathen Ricedorff has “rendered himself ineligible for the entire 2017 football season” due to an NCAA rules violation.  The specific nature of the violation the quarterback allegedly committed was not divulged by the school.

As a result of the violation and subsequent ineligibility, Ricedorff has left the Broncos football team.

Coming to the Broncos this offseason as a three-star junior college prospect, Ricedorff was rated as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback by 247sports.com at that level of college football.  While Brett Rypien is the Broncos’ unquestioned starter at the position, it was thought that Ricedorff would slide into the backup role; Jake Constantine, however, surpassed the JUCO transfer on the depth chart this spring.

In fact, in Boise’s spring game, Ricedorff attempted just three passes.  The redshirt freshman Constantine, barring something unexpected, will likely serve as Rypien’s backup.

Ricedorff’s departure will, after 2017 signee Chase Cord joins the team this summer, leave the Broncos with just three scholarship quarterbacks.  There’s a possibility the program could add a graduate transfer at some point before the start of summer camp in early August.

Ex-Boise State DT found not guilty of felony after biting off part of teammate’s ear

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I don’t know how many different ways I can write “another headline I’d never thought I’d type,” so I won’t even try.

According to the Idaho Statesman, former Boise State defensive tackle Dereck Boles was found not guilty of felony mayhem by a jury Thursday afternoon.  It had been alleged that, in February of 2016, Boles bit off a sizable chunk of the ear of a Broncos safety, Chanceller James, at a house party.

From the Statesman:

Boles was formally charged in May 2016 for biting off a portion of safety Chanceller James’ ear in an altercation, which had stemmed from a morning workout Feb. 12 in which James said Boles had argued with a member of the strength staff. The team was forced to do additional work after the outburst. James needed reconstructive surgery to repair the injury, which had taken off about a third of the top of his right ear.

Boles claimed self defense, which the jury accepted.

“It went exactly the way we expected it to go, we expected justice would be done and justice was done,” Boles’ attorney, Joe Miller, said.

In late February of last year, Boise State confirmed that Boles had been dismissed from the football program for violating unspecified team rules.

A two-star member of the Broncos’ 2014 recruiting class, Boles took a redshirt as a true freshman. In 2015, Boles played in all 13 games and was credited with four tackles for loss.  That total of tackles for loss would’ve been tied with Jabril Frazier for the team lead among returning linemen in 2016 before Boles went all Mike Tyson.

Mountain West alters revenue distribution plan based on TV appearances, but Boise State keeps sweetheart deal

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One of the more obscure remnants of the realignment era in college athletics is the way the Mountain West distributes television revenue. Most notably, Boise State was allowed to keep a certain slice of the pie (slightly less than $2 million) as part of the condition that they would stay in the league, then the rest of the remaining members would split what was left — with a catch.

That catch turned out to be a form of a bonus system that gave a little extra to schools who appeared on national television on conference partners like ESPN and CBS Sports Network. It appears the MWC has had a change of heart about how things are being distributed because that is changing going forward next season.

Per the Idaho Statesman:

The conference determined the formula and bonus structure was not performing as it had been intended. Now, Boise State’s membership agreement and its ESPN deal were honored, meaning the school gets $1.8 million up front annually. That’s the average bonus payout Boise State got from 2013-15 under the contract it agreed to when deciding to stay in the Mountain West. The remaining revenue will be divided among the 11 football-playing schools outside Hawaii, worth approximately $1.1 million per year, meaning a total of $2.9 million for Boise State.

The bonus system was a bit of a sore spot for many schools in the league, something commissioner Craig Thompson conceded in an interview last July. The new deal looks to be a little more fairer to everybody in the league and probably won’t draw as many complaints as before (though that Boise State sweetheart deal from realignment remains). While the overall figures aren’t anywhere close to their Power Five peers, it’s still a nice chunk of change for many of the Mountain West athletic departments.