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Clapp Named to Rimington Watch List

Brandon Berrio
Brandon Berrio
Assistant Communications Director

BATON ROUGE – LSU junior center Will Clapp has been named to the Rimington Award Watch List.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised more than $2.9 million for the cystic fibrosis community.

Clapp is expected to take over at center for Tigers after starting 11 games at left guard last season. Clapp was a part of an offense that broke multiple school records in 2016, including the single-game individual rushing records by Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice along with the school record for total offense in an SEC game with 634 yards against Missouri.

The All-SEC first-team selection by the league’s coaches is the most experience lineman returning for the Tigers with more than 600 snaps played a year ago. Pro Football Focus labeled LSU’s offensive line as the top collective unit in college football for the 2016 season.

Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.

The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Seventeen of the association’s 23 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the entire 2017 preseason watch list calendar:

2017 NCFAA Awards Preseason Watch List Calendar
Monday, July 10: Bednarik Award – Arden Key and Kevin Toliver II / Maxwell Award – Arden Key and Derrius Guice
Tuesday, July 11: Rimington Trophy
Wednesday, July 12: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
Thursday, July 13: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
Friday, July 14: Jim Thorpe Award
Monday, July 17: Butkus Award / Paul Hornung Award
Tuesday, July 18: Biletnikoff Award / Wuerffel Trophy
Wednesday, July 19: Davey O’Brien Award
Thursday, July 20: Doak Walker Award
Friday, July 21: Walter Camp Award

Rimington Award – 2017 Watch List
Nick Allegretti, Illinois, JR
Brian Allen, Michigan State, SR
Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest, JR
Jon Baker, Boston College, SR
Jake Bennett, Colorado State, SR
Bradley Bozeman, Alabama, SR
Aaron Brewer, Texas State, SO
Evan Brown, SMU, SR
Levi Brown, Marshall, SO
Jesse Burkett, Stanford, JR
Will Clapp, LSU, JR
Nick Clarke, Old Dominion, JR
Deontae Crumitie, Troy, JR
James Daniels, Iowa, JR
Austin Davis, Duke, SR
Michael Deiter, Wisconsin, JR
Cam Dillard, North Carolina, GR
Austin Doan, Central Michigan, SR
Alec Eberle, Florida State, JR
Dennis Edwards, WKU, JR
Nathan Eldridge, Arizona, SO
Asotui Eli, Hawaii, JR
Blaise Fountain, New Mexico, SR
LaVonne Gauthney, Akron, SR
Danny Godlevske, Miami (OH), SO
Austin Golson, Auburn, SR
Julian Good-Jones, Iowa State, SO
Mason Hampton, Boise State, SR
Jake Hanson, Oregon, SO
Matt Hennessy, Temple, FR
Bryce Holland, Army, SR
Sumner Houston, Oregon State, JR
John Keenoy, Western Michigan, JR
Alan Knott, South Carolina, SR
Tejan Koroma, BYU, SR
Sean Krepsz, Nevada, JR
Drew Kyser, Memphis, JR
Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma State, SR
Trey Martin, Rice, SR
Tim McAuliffe, Bowling Green, SR
T.J. McCoy, Florida, SO
Garrett McGhin, East Carolina, JR
Chandler Miller, Tulsa, JR
Aaron Mitchell, Fresno State, SR
Gabe Mobley, Georgia State, JR
Brendan Moore, Maryland, JR
Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame, SR
Reid Najvar, Kansas State, SR
Will Noble, Houston, JR
Brad North, Northwestern, SR
James O'Hagan, Buffalo, JR
Addison Ooms, California, JR
Colton Prater, Texas A&M, SO
Billy Price, Ohio State, SR
Jake Pruehs, Ohio, SR
Nathan Puthoff, Kent State, SR
Scott Quessenberry, UCLA, SR
Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, SR
Sean Rawlings, Ole Miss, JR
Mesa Ribordy, Kansas, SO
Cameron Ruff, USF, SR
Austin Schlottmann, TCU, SR
Zach Shackelford, Texas, SO
Coleman Shelton, Washington, SR
Luke Shively, NIU, JR
Dakota Tallman, Eastern Michigan, JR
Keoni Taylor, San Jpse State, SR
Jared Weyler, Minnesota, JR
Antonyo Woods, Florida Atlantic, SR
Erick Wren, Oklahoma, SR

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