Degory Finalist For Rimington Award

University of Florida senior center Mike Degory is one of six finalists for the Dave Rimington Trophy, the award group announced Thursday evening.

Degory, a 6-6, 304-pounder from Palm Bay, Fla., has started every game of his career for the Gators. His current streak of 49 consecutive starts is one shy of tying the school record and the third-longest active streak in the nation. He is one of five players in school history to serve multiple years as team captain and is a three-time selection to the Rimington Trophy Watch List.

Off the field, Degory has been named first-team Academic All-District III by ESPN The Magazine was a semifinalists by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) for the 2005 Draddy Trophy and was a candidate for the NFF 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

The winner of the 2005 Rimington Trophy, presented to the outstanding center in college football, will announced on Thursday, Dec. 8. The award is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All America Teams American (Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America).

The winner will be honored at the awards banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Jan. 7, 2006. The featured speakers at the banquet will be Legendary Coach John Gagliardi and Heisman Trophy Winner John Cappelletti.

The six-year old trophy has raised over $450,000 for the award's benefactor, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation that to date has raised over $40,000,000 for CF Research.

Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982 - years in which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. 2005 marks the first year that the Rimington Trophy is a part of the National College Football Awards Association.

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