Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh was named to the Rimington Award's watch list earlier on yesterday. The Rimington Award is handed out annually to the nation's top center for the college football season. The Hawkeyes' Austin Blythe was a finalist (top 3) for the award a year ago along with Alabama's Ryan Kelly and Michigan State's Jack Allen. Kelly was the recipient of the honor and the trophy.
Welsh is a junior for the Hawkeyes this upcoming season and it will (probably) be his first year as a full-time center. It is actually the one position he has yet to play in a game. He has played guard for the majority, and even started two games last year as Iowa's right tackle.
He made the transition to center during spring football because of the departure of Austin Blythe and the injury to James Daniels. Daniels was the projected center but is still recovering from knee surgery.
It has yet to be declared if Sean Welsh will be the full-time center moving forward but all signs point to yes. Daniels will return for the Fall and likely be slotted in at right guard. Cole Croston, Boone Myers, and Ike Boettger are the other unquestioned starters for the Iowa offensive line. They all five played a great amount a year ago despite the presences of Blythe and fellow senior Jordan Walsh, both now graduated and departed.
Behind that offensive line a year ago, Iowa ran for 2,544 yards and 35 touchdowns in 14 games. The same results will be difficult to duplicate but they'll have the men up front to do so.
Iowa opens up the 2016 regular season in Kinnick Stadium as they host Miami (Ohio) on September 3.