The Rimington Trophy is presented by Canon, Cornhusker Marriott, and Logitech and is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. West Virginia's Dan Mozes, the 2006 winner, joined Minnesota's Greg Eslinger, Michigan's David Baas (2004 co-winner), LSU's Ben Wilkerson (2004 co-winner), Virginia Tech's Jake Grove, Miami's Brett Romberg, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, and Nebraska's Dominic Raiola among past recipients. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All- America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982 during which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premiere college interior lineman.
The winner is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All America Teams including: the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America. The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner and will be honored at an awards banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska in January of 2008.
Penn State will open the 2007 campaign on Sept. 1 against Florida International in Beaver Stadium. Coach Joe Paterno enters his 42nd season as head coach with 15 returning starters (8 offense, 6 defense, 1 specialist) from last year's 9-4 squad. The Nittany Lions boast a blockbuster 2007 home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame (Sept. 8), Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming), Ohio State and Purdue (Nov. 3).