Brown Named Finalist For Rimington Trophy

DALLAS --- University of North Carolina senior center Jason Brown has been named one of six finalists for the Dave Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's top center.

Other finalists for the Rimington Trophy are David Baas of the University of Michigan, Vince Carter of the University of Oklahoma, Greg Eslinger of the University of Minnesota, Marvin Philip, Jr. of California, and Russ Tanner of the University of Georgia.

Brown headlines an offensive line that has paved the way for three 100-yard rushers this season, including Chad Scott (three times), Jacque Lewis (two times) and Ronnie McGill (once). Carolina leads the league in rushing yards per carry at 6.2 and is second overall in total yards per game at 393.1.

Brown has started 38 games in his career, including 35 consecutive at center. He has not allowed a sack in over two years and has been named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week three times this season. He has graded out over 90 percent five times, including Carolina's 31-28 win over No. 4 Miami.

The Rimington Trophy winner will be honored at the awards banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska, on January 8, 2005. The featured speaker at the banquet will be two-time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin.

The five-year old trophy (Nebraska¹s Dominic Raiola, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, Miami¹s Brett Romberg, and Virginia Tech¹s Jake Grove are past recipients) is presented by Canon, USA, Black & Decker and Power Sentry. Since its inception the Rimington Trophy Award has raised over $300,000 for the award¹s benefactor, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation that to date has raised over $25,000,000 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.

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