Seumalo named to Rimington watch list

HE DIDN'T TAKE a single snap of spring ball. But what he's done his first two seasons in Corvallis speaks for itself. Isaac Seumalo has been named to the Rimington Trophy spring watch list, awarded annually to the nation's best center in college football.

Isaac Seumalo, who has never redshirted and will be a third-year junior this season, earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013, has started 25 games for the Beavers and has even moved out to tackle when injuries struck the o-line.

He missed all of spring ball following surgery for a broken foot. He is expected to be ready to go for the start of fall camp in August.

The Rimington Trophy committee uses three All- America teams to determine a winner: Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America.

Because the selectors of these three all-America teams can place centers in a "mix" of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11-man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the all-America teams.

The center with the most first-team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first-team votes, then the center with the most second-team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee.

The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 17, 2015.

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