Dec. 7, 2010
AUBURN - Auburn senior Ryan Pugh has been named one of six finalists for the 2010 Rimington Trophy, it was announced Tuesday. The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football.
Joining Pugh as finalists for the award are Colin Baxter of Arizona, Chase Beeler of Stanford, Mike Brewster of Ohio State, Jake Kirkpatrick of TCU and David Molk of Michigan.
Pugh, who has started 40 consecutive games, has been a key part of Auburn's record-setting offense that leads the SEC in scoring offense (42.7), total offense (497.7), rushing offense (287.2) and first downs (24.3). The Tigers rushed for more than 300 yards against six consecutive SEC opponents for the first time in school history, and have scored at least 50 points a school-record six times this season.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be announced during the ESPNU/Home Depot College Football Awards show, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla., on ESPN this Thursday.
The winner is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All-America teams. The committee uses the following All-American teams: American Football Coaches Association; Walter Camp Foundation; Sporting News; Football Writers Association of America.
The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then 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. 15, 2011.