Center Greg Eslinger named to Rimington Watch List

The Dave Rimington Trophy today released their updated watch list of top collegiate centers for the 2004 season, which included Gopher Greg Eslinger. The pre-season watch list was released in March prior to Spring football. The revised watch list will be updated throughout the season in the weekly Rimington Reports. Awarded annually to the best center in the country, the Dave Rimington Trophy enters the 2004 season with a strong field of potential stand-out centers.

Greg Eslinger was named a third-Team All-American by the Associated Press, becoming the second All-American center coached by Glen Mason. The first was former Gopher Ben Hamilton. Eslinger was a first team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com and second team All-America by SI.com.

"College football season is about anticipation and execution. We are looking forward to tracking our watch list candidates as the season progresses. Each season we look to highlight the top centers in the country through our watch list as well as the weekly Rimington Reports and in 2004 we feel that we have a very exciting group of young men," said Dave Rimington.

The Rimington Trophy recipient is determined by a consensus of the four All-America teams: The Walter Camp Football Foundation, America Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, and "The Sporting News."

The five-year old trophy (Virginia Tech's Jake Grove, Miami's Brett Romberg, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, and Nebraska's Dominic Raiola are past recipients) is presented by Canon, USA and Black & Decker. The award is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Esiason, created his foundation in 1993 to support research and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Esiason and Dave Rimington were teammates on the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-87. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and '82 – years in which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premiere college interior lineman.

Jim Borrieci

Akron

Senior

Andy Brewster

North Texas

Senior

Matt Brock

Oregon State

Senior

Jason Brown

North Carolina

Senior

Vince Carter

Oklahoma

Senior

David Castillo

Florida State

Junior

Ryan Cook

New Mexico

Junior

Mike Degory

Florida

Junior

Greg Eslinger

Minnesota

Junior

Keoki Fraser

Arizona

Senior

Gene Frederic

Memphis

Senior

Jason Glynn

Texas

Senior

Geoff Hangartner

Texas A&M

Senior

Jasper Harvey

San Diego State

Junior

Jeremy Hines

West Virginia

Sophomore

Richie Icognito

Nebraska

Junior

Billy Irwin

Connecticut

Senior

Chase Johnson

TCU

Senior

Todd Londot

Miami (Ohio)

Junior

Nick Mangold

Ohio State

Junior

Mike McCloskey

UCLA

Junior

Chris Morris

Michigan State

Junior

Scott Mruczkowsi

Bowling Green

Senior

Jed Paulsen

North Carolina State

Senior

Marvin Philip

California

Junior

Donovan Raiola

Wisconsin

Junior

Jason Respert

Tennessee

Senior

Joel Rodriguez

Miami

Senior

Pat Ross

Boston College

Junior

Kyle Schmitt

Maryland

Senior

Chris Spencer

Mississippi

Junior

John Strickland

South Carolina

Senior

Russ Tanner

Georgia

Junior

Joe Vaughn

Kansas

Senior

Ben Wilkerson

LSU

Senior

Zac Yarbrough

Virginia

Senior

Kyle Young

Fresno State

Sophomore


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