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May 20, 2006University of Georgia center Nick Jones was named to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List on Monday.
This season marks the seventh year of the Rimington Trophy, which recognizes the most outstanding center in college football. The spring watch list consists of 39 players and will be updated once prior to the beginning of the season.
Jones, a 6-3, 295 senior out of Bowdon, Ga., last year was part of an offensive line that ranked second in the league for fewest sacks allowed (20 in 363 pass attempts). The offense also ranked second in points scored (29.5 ppg) and third in total offense (391.2).
He has started 29 games in his career including 19 in a row, with starts coming at both the center and guard positions. He has twice been named an SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.
The seven year old trophy is presented by Canon, MidAmerican Energy Holdings, USA and Black & Decker. The award is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. 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 are past recipients. Esiason created his foundation in 1993 to support research and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Esiason and Dave Rimington were teammates on the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-87. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982 when he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premiere college interior lineman.