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52 college football centers named to Rimington Trophy watch list

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If your college football team has a center, there is a decent chance he has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, released Tuesday morning. Of the 128 teams in FBS and roughly 41 percent of those teams are represented on the Rimington Trophy watch list. Fortunately, this is reduced from the 64 names that appeared on the 2014 watch list.

The award for best center in college football has been presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation since 2000. Auburn’s Reese Dismukes was handed the trophy last season. Michigan is the only school with multiple Rimington Trophy winners, although the Wolverines do not have a player on this watch list. This year’s Rimington Trophy winner will be recognized on January 16, 2016.

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2015 Rimington Trophy Watch List

Siaosi Aiono, Utah

Jack Allen, Michigan State

Nick Beamish, Central Michigan

Dalton Bennett, Troy

Austin Blythe, Iowa

Deyshawn Bond, Cincinnati

Bo Bonnheim, Fresno State

Evan Boehm, Missouri

Jacoby Boren, Ohio State

Jake Brendel, UCLA

Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech

Josh Chester, Middle Tennessee

Lucas Crowley, North Carolina

Ryan Crozier, UConn

Ty Darlington, Oklahoma

Taylor Doyle, Texas

Kyle Friend, Temple

Kyle Fuller, Baylor

Max Halpin, Western Kentucky

Matt Hugenberg, Army

Joey Hunt, TCU

Jake Hurcombe, Eastern Michigan

Jared Kaster, Texas Tech

Nick Kelly, Arizona State

Ryan Kelly, Alabama

Alex Kelley, Colorado

Kayden Kirby, North Texas

Alan Knott, South Carolina

Robert Kugler, Purdue

Gabe Kuhn, Memphis

Taylor Lasecki, SMU

Eric Lee, UTEP

Nick Martin, Notre Dame

Mike Matthews, Texas A&M

Tim McAullife, Bowling Green

Josh Mitchell, Oregon State

Andrew Ness, Northern Illinois

Ryan Norton, Clemson

Alex Officer, Pittsburgh

Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia

Ethan Pocic, LSU

Spencer Pulley, Vanderbilt

Jacob Richard, Ball State

Michael Selby, Marshall

Graham Shuler, Stanford

Mitch Smothers, Arkansas

Matt Sparks, UMass

Austin Stephens, Utah State

Jon Toth, Kentucky

Max Tuerk, USC

Dan Voltz, Wisconsin

Kirby Wixson, Louisiana Tech

LSU’s starting center might not play for second-straight week

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LSU’s starting center, Elliott Porter, will miss a second-straight start to open the season after not playing against the Wisconsin Badgers.

Ethan Pocic will start at center; I don’t know that (Elliott Porter) will play in this one,” LSU head coach Miles told the Times-Picayune’s Jim Kleinpeter.

The exact reason behind Porter’s non-inclusion into the starting lineup has yet to be divulged, but Miles suspended the center last week due to a “disciplinary” action. Porter started 12 of 13 games last season, and the senior’s presence at a crucial position would be considered a boost to the Tigers’ offense.

Depending on the nature of Porter’s absence, the upperclassman may not be called upon if Pocic were to suffer an injury or need to be replaced in the lineup. Senior Evan Washington continues to get reps at multiple spots along LSU’s offensive line.

“He’s just about the next guy in at five positions,” Miles said. “He got some third reps at center today. He’s very bright and has multiple skill sets. Has the ability intellectually to take himself from one position to the next without any real negative effect.”

The team doesn’t necessarily need Porter in the lineup the next two weeks when LSU faces the Sam Houston State Bearkats and Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. And the Tigers were able to accumulate 365 yards on offense with Pocic at center during their comeback victory against the Badgers.

Despite those reasons to keep Porter out of the lineup, the senior center was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list for a reason. Porter is one of the best centers in the SEC. As such, Porter will likely return to the starting lineup next week against the Warhawks as the Tigers gear up for SEC play the following week against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.