Brown Named To Rimington Trophy Watch List

University of North Carolina senior center Jason Brown has been named to The Dave Rimington Trophy pre-season watch list. 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.

"We are excited to be heading into our fifth season of recognizing the top center in the nation. This Spring's watch list is packed with solid candidates for 2004," said Dave Rimington.

Brown is entering his third year as Carolina's starting center. He has made 27 career starts, including 24 consecutive starts at center. A native of Henderson, N.C., Brown is one of the strongest players on the team. He set school records in each of the last three years for offensive linemen in the weight room in the squat (775 lbs.) and power clean (419 lbs.) and his combined pounds lifted in the squat, bench press, and power clean are a Carolina record (1,669 lbs.).

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 (Nebraska's Dominic Raiola, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, Miami's Brett Romberg, and Virginia Tech's Jake Grove 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.

The Sports Group also developed and directs the Heisman Winners Association (HWA), a limited liability company, which focuses marketing attention and opportunities on the Heisman winners as a collective group. TSG also currently works with and has worked with the John Wooden Award, the Senior CLASS Award, and the Driver of the Year Award as well as a variety of other professional and amateur organizations and companies.

2004 Preseason Rimington Watch List

Mark Bihl Michigan Junior 6'4" 299 lbs.
Jim Borrieci Akron Senior 6'3" 302 lbs.
Matt Brock Oregon State Senior 6'2" 301 lbs.
Jason Brown North Carolina Senior 6'3" 318 lbs.
Ben Buie Oklahoma State Senior 6'2" 305 lbs.
Vince Carter Oklahoma Senior 6'3" 277 lbs.
David Castillo Florida State Junior 6'2" 301 lbs.
Ryan Cook New Mexico Junior 6'7" 339 lbs.
Mike Degory Florida Junior 6'5" 314 lbs.
Greg Eslinger Minnesota Junior 6'3" 280 lbs.
Gene Frederic Memphis Senior 6'4" 292 lbs.
Jason Glynn Texas Senior 6'2" 275 lbs.
John Strickland South Carolina Senior 6'4" 300 lbs.
Jasper Harvey San Diego State Junior 6'3" 300 lbs.
Jeremy Hines West Virginia Sophomore 6'2" 285 lbs.
Richie Icognito Nebraska Junior 6'3" 290 lbs.
Billy Irwin Connecticut Senior 6'2" 281 lbs.
Chase Johnson TCU Senior 6'3" 310 lbs.
Danny Lindsey Auburn Senior 6'2" 300 lbs.
Todd Londot Miami (Ohio) Junior 6'5" 305 lbs.
Nick Mangold Ohio State Junior 6'4" 280 lbs.
Mike McCloskey UCLA Junior 6'5" 285 lbs.
Chris Morris Michigan State Junior 6'4" 291 lbs.
Scott Mruczkowsi Bowling Green Senior 6'4" 315 lbs.
Jed Paulsen North Carolina State Senior 6'2" 290 lbs.
Marvin Philip California Junior 6'2" 285 lbs.
Donovan Raiola Wisconsin Junior 6'3" 290 lbs.
Jason Respert Tennessee Senior 6'3" 305 lbs.
Joel Rodriguez Miami Senior 6'3" 289 lbs.
Kyle Schmitt Maryland Senior 6'5" 300 lbs.
Chris Spencer Mississippi Junior 6'4" 310 lbs.
Russ Tanner Georgia Junior 6'4" 290 lbs.
Ben Wilkerson LSU Senior 6'4" 300 lbs.
Zac Yarbrough Virginia Senior 6'4" 275 lbs.
Kyle Young Fresno State Sophomore 6'5" 320 lbs.

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