FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas starting center Dan Doughty has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2003 Dave Rimington Trophy.
The Clinton, Ark., native is one of 29 candidates on the list.
Doughty, a senior, is a former walk-on who became UA’s starter during last year’s Southeastern Conference Western Division championship season. He started 12 of 14 games, helping the Razorbacks go 9-5 and advance to the SEC championship game and the Music City Bowl.
“I’m proud of what Dan has accomplished at the University of Arkansas,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “To go from a walk-on to our starting center says a lot about his work ethic and commitment. He has had a good spring so far and I know he is looking forward to an outstanding senior season.”
He graded 80 percent or better nine times, including highs of 88 percent in the win at South Carolina, 87 percent in the win at Auburn, 86 percent in the win over Troy State and 85 percent in the win over LSU. He had 34 knockdown blocks during the season.
“Spring football is underway and everyone associated with the Rimington Trophy is looking forward to another exciting year of college football,” Rimington said. “The Rimington Trophy is continuing its tradition of recognizing the best college center and we feel that this watch list highlights the centers that can rise to the top.”
The Rimington Trophy recipient is determined by a consensus of the four All-America teams: The Walter Camp Football Foundation, America Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News.
The candidates include Will Allen, Texas, sophomore; Todd Bachert, Washington, senior; Heath Boucek, Virginia, senior; Vince Carter, Oklahoma, junior; Mike Degory, Florida, sophomore; Dan Doughty, Arkansas, senior; Mark Dreyer, Colorado State, senior; Greg Eslinger, Minnesota, sophomore; Jake Grove, Virginia Tech, senior; Rex Hadnot, Houston, senior; Richie Icognito, Nebraska, sophomore; Blake Jones, Mississippi State, senior; Norm Katnick, Southern California, senior; Dan Koons, Louisville, junior; Matt Martinez, Idaho, senior; Dustin McQuivey, Utah, senior; Brian Ottney, Michigan State, senior; Dave Pearson, Michigan, senior; Hugh Reilly, Georgia Tech, senior; A.J. Ricker, Missouri, senior; Joel Rodriguez, Miami, junior; Nick Romeo, Syracuse, senior; Nick Seitze, Kentucky, senior; Josh Shneyderov, Cincinnati, senior; Alex Stepanovich, Ohio State, senior; Russ Tanner, Georgia, sophomore; Dan Weaver, Oregon, senior; Scott Wells, Tennessee, senior; and Ben Wilkerson, LSU, junior.
The four-year-old trophy (Nebraska’s Dominic Raiola, Ohio State’s LeCharles Bentley and Miami’s Brett Romberg are past recipients) is presented by Canon, USA and Black & Decker. The award is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. 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 ’82 – years in which he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s premiere college interior lineman.