July 13, 2011
The Rimington Trophy, which honors the nation's top collegiate center each season, has announced its 2011 Watch List and Wyoming junior center Nick Carlson is among the 42 players named to this year's list.
Carlson will be one of the top centers in the Mountain West Conference in 2011. As a sophomore, he was an Honorable Mention All-MWC selection. He enters his junior season having started 20 of 21 career games, and he started all 12 games at center for the Cowboys in 2010. At Wyoming's 2010 year-end banquet, Carlson was named UW's Offensive Lineman of the Year. He also started eight games as a freshman on Wyoming's 2009 New Mexico Bowl Championship team.
Carlson is one of four Mountain West Conference centers on this year's Watch List. The other three are: Thomas Byrd, Sr., Boise State; Dillon Farrell, So., New Mexico and Weston Richburg, So., Colorado State.
The Rimington Trophy is named for former University of Nebraska center Dave Rimington, who was a First Team Consensus All-American in 1981 and 82 and became the first and only player in college football history to win the Outland Trophy, as the nation's top interior linemen, in back-to-back seasons. The Rimington Trophy was first established in 2000.
The 2011 Rimington Trophy will be awarded to the individual, who at the end of the season is determined to have received the most First Team All-America votes among the following four All-America teams: the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the Rimington Trophy committee.
The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation Banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb., on January 14, 2012.
Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million. The twelve-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $86 million for CF Research.
Additional information on the Rimington Trophy and a complete list of the 2011 Watch List may be found at www.rimingtontrophy.com.