Madsen Holds Spot

If there's a preseason awards watch or honors list that includes offensive linemen, West Virginia's Joe Madsen figures to be on it.

The Rimington Trophy, which goes to the outstanding collegiate center the football bowl subdivision, has released its latest watch list, and Madsen is firmly entrenched as one of the 51 players on the roster. The 6-4, 310 pound senior

Madsen is one of four Big 12 players on the 51-man watch list. The Chardon, Ohio native has 38 career starts at WVU. He was a member of The Sporting News and all-Big East freshman team, and an all-Big East first team selection as a junior by Phil Steele and

The Rimington Trophy committee uses four All-America teams to determine its winner, including those selected by the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America.

Because the selectors of these four 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 policy used to determine the award is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they maybe listed as guards or tackles on the four All American 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 most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the Rimington Trophy committee.

The winner will be honored at Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 12, 2013.

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