- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Another watch list, another strong showing for the Pac-12. Six players from the conference were placed on the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top center.
The organization has expanded its watch list to 64 players this year.
You can click here to see the complete list of players. Here are the six from the Pac-12:
Jake Brendel, UCLA, 6-4, 285
Mike Criste, Washington, 6-6, 318
Hroniss Grasu, Oregon, 6-3, 297
Steve Gurrola, Arizona, 6-2, 291
Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, 6-3, 305
Graham Shuler, Stanford, 6-4, 282
The Rimington Trophy committee uses the All-American lists from the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America to determine its winner.
Players who play center as their “primary” position will be considered -- even though some may interchange at other positions. For example, Oregon State coach Mike Riley has said they've tinkered with the idea of playing Seumalo at other positions. However, he’s widely regarded as one of the nation’s top centers and that’s still considered his primary position (for now).
Grasu was a finalist for the award in 2013. Florida State’s Bryan Stork was the winner last season.
A player from the Pac-12 has never won the Rimington Trophy.