Rimington Trophy
Awarded forMost outstanding center in college football
CountryUnited States
Presented byBoomer Esiason Foundation
First award2000
Most recentJackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon

The Dave Rimington Trophy is awarded to the player considered to be the best center in college football. Dave Rimington was a center who played at the University of Nebraska from 1979 to 1982.

A member of the National College Football Awards Association, the Rimington Trophy serves as a fundraiser for the Boomer Esiason Foundation's fight against cystic fibrosis. In addition to recognizing the season's most outstanding center in college football, the Rimington Trophy also recognizes legendary centers from the past by presenting the President Gerald R. Ford Legendary Center Award. The award is presented annually to a former collegiate or professional center who was either a legend on the field or off the field by making extraordinary contributions through business, civic or philanthropic endeavors. The sculptor of the Dave Rimington Trophy is Marc Mellon, also the sculptor of the NBA MVP Trophy.

Selection process

The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All-America Teams. While more than a dozen All-America football teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee uses these four prestigious teams to determine a winner:

American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)
The Sporting News (SN)
Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)

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 Rimington Trophy committee's policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be 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 a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee.


Jake Kirkpatrick of TCU, the 2010 Rimington Trophy winner
Year Player School Ref
2000 Dominic Raiola Nebraska
2001 LeCharles Bentley Ohio State
2002 Brett Romberg Miami
2003 Jake Grove Virginia Tech
2004 David Baas Michigan
Ben Wilkerson LSU
2005 Greg Eslinger Minnesota
2006 Dan Mozes West Virginia
2007 Jonathan Luigs Arkansas
2008 A. Q. Shipley Penn State [1]
2009 Maurkice Pouncey Florida [2]
2010 Jake Kirkpatrick TCU [3]
2011 David Molk Michigan (2) [4]
2012 Barrett Jones Alabama [5]
2013 Bryan Stork Florida State [6]
2014 Reese Dismukes Auburn [7]
2015 Ryan Kelly Alabama (2) [8]
2016 Pat Elflein Ohio State (2) [9]
2017 Billy Price Ohio State (3) [10]
2018 Garrett Bradbury NC State [11]
2019 Tyler Biadasz Wisconsin [12]
2020 Landon Dickerson Alabama (3) [13]
2021 Tyler Linderbaum Iowa
2022 Olusegun Oluwatimi Michigan (3)
2023 Jackson Powers-Johnson Oregon


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