Garcia named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

One spring at center was enough to put Max Garcia on the 2014 Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List, given to the nation's top center. The fifth-year senior played multiple positions on the Florida offensive line last season but served as the first team center during spring practice.

Max Garcia was one of five Florida players to start all 12 games last season. He earned seven starts at left guard and five at left tackle.

He transferred from Maryland before the 2012 season and was forced sit out and take a redshirt during 2012 because of NCAA transfer rules.

Garcia struggled with the move early in the spring. His snaps were inaccurate, mostly low, as he dealt with snapping the football for the first time in his life. As the spring continued, he progressed and improved his technique.

"We feel like we've remedied the issue," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "As a snapper you can't break your wrist; that's when you create high snaps, when you start breaking your wrist. You gotta keep your wrist stiff on that."

The coaches and offensive players now feel comfortable with the snaps heading into the summer. The Gators will participate in player-run practices over the offseason before fall camp starts, giving Garcia even more opportunities to become comfortable with snaps.

"We need to get better snapping the ball, and I think we will over summer," Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel said. "It's just going to take time."

The Boomer Esiason Foundation gives out the 12-year-old award. The award is voted on by four committees -- American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America.

The winner of the award will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska in January 2015.


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