May 24, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming senior center Nick Carlson was named to the 2012 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List on Thursday. The list was released by the Rimington Trophy committee. Carlson is one of 21 student-athletes that returns this season after being selected to the 2011 Rimington Watch List, and is one of 50 centers being considered for this year's award. The Rimington Trophy is awarded each year to the most outstanding center in college football. It is named for former Nebraska All-America center Dave Rimington.
Carlson earned Second Team All-Mountain West honors as a junior in 2011. He helped lead Wyoming to an 8-5 record, third-place finish in the Mountain West and a bid in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The senior from Arlington Heights, Ill., led an offensive line that allowed only 12 quarterback sacks in 13 games in 2011 to rank No. 11 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed. He also was a key contributor in Wyoming averaging 181.6 rushing yards per game to rank No. 33 in the nation.
Carlson will enter his senior season having started 33 of 34 career games, including the last 25 consecutive. This past spring, he was selected as one of four team captains for the 2012 Wyoming Cowboys. An outstanding student, he has earned Academic All-Conference honors twice during his career.