AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn senior Austin Golson is one of 63 college centers named to the 2017 Rimington Trophy preseason watch list Monday, one of eight SEC centers on the list.
Golson, a 6-5, 312-lb. senior, has started 24 games for Auburn since transferring from Ole Miss. The Prattville, Ala., product is a graduate student in the College of Education and a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
The Rimington Trophy is awarded to college football’s most outstanding center each year within the NCAA Division I-A. The trophy was created to highlight the position, as center was the only position that did not receive an award at the end of each season. Auburn’s Reese Dismukes was the 2014 Rimington Trophy winner.
The Boomer Esiason Foundation sponsors the award, a foundation committed to raising awareness and finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
The Rimington Trophy has raised more than $2.9 million since its start with the foundation. Dave Rimington, former All-American Nebraska center, and Syd Russell, retired San Francisco Examiner sportswriter, founded the award in 2000. The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association, an organization that boasts 23 awards to the top individuals in college football each season.