Raiola named to Rimington watch list

Junior one of 36 centers on preseason list

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Wisconsin junior Donovan Raiola has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2004 Rimington Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best center in college football.


Raiola, who will enter his second season as the Badgers' starting center this fall, started all 13 games last year and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and media.


Former Badger Al Johnson was one of five finalists for the Rimington Trophy in 2002.  Donovan Raiola's older brother, Dominic, won the award while playing at Nebraska in 2000.


There are 36 players on the watch list, including six from the Big Ten. In addition to Raiola, conference centers Mark Bihl (Michigan), Greg Eslinger (Minnesota), Brian Ferentz (Iowa), Nick Mangold (Ohio State) and Chris Morris (Michigan State) made the list.


The Rimington Trophy is named for Dave Rimington, a former two-time All-American and two-time Outland Trophy winner at Nebraska. The recipient is determined by a consensus of four All-America teams: The Walter Camp Foundation, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News.


The award is presented each year in Lincoln, Neb., and is owned and operated by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. All proceeds generated from the award go to support the fight against cystic fibrosis.

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