Dec. 4, 2008
BERKELEY - For the second consecutive year, Cal senior Alex Mack has been named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented to the outstanding center in college football.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be announced at the ESPNU/Home Depot College Football Awards show, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla., on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 11.
In addition to Mack, the other finalists are Antoine Caldwell (Alabama), Jonathan Luigs (Arkansas), A.Q. Shipley (Penn State), Max Unger (Oregon) and Eric Wood (Louisville).
So far this season, Mack has been selected a first-team mid-season All-American by Sporting News Today and College Football News, as well as a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award. He has been tabbed a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and is a finalist for the Draddy Award, which is given to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Earlier this week, Mack was chosen first-team Pac-10 All-Academic.
Last year, Mack received the Morris Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the Pac-10 and was a first-team All-America pick by The Sporting News.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All-America teams.
While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee uses these four prestigious teams to determine a winner: American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCF), Sporting News (SN) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)
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. The Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the four All-America teams.
The center with the most first-team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first-team votes, the center with the most second-team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee.
The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Jan. 17.
About the Rimington Trophy
The nine-year old trophy is presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Esiason created his foundation 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 1982 during which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premier college interior lineman.
Past recipients include Dominic Raiola (Nebraska, 2000), LeCharles Bentley (Ohio State, 2001), Brett Romberg (Miami, 2002), Jake Grove (Virginia Tech, 2003), co-winners David Baas (Michigan, 2004) and Ben Wilkerson (LSU, 2004), Greg Eslinger (Minnesota, 2005), Dan Mozes (West Virginia, 2006) and Jonathan Luigs (Arkansas). Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy Award has raised over $1.3 million for its benefactor, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which has raised nearly $60 million for Cystic Fibrosis research.