Wixson joins LSU’s Ethan Pocic as the only two players from Louisiana to be listed on the watch list and he is one of seven centers from Conference US to be mentioned.
The Rimington Trophy is name for Dave Rimington, who was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double victor as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.
Regardless, the latest to release their preseason watch lists are the Mackey Award and the Rimington Trophy. The fourteen-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised more than $115 million toward research.
The Mackey Awards is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.
Ness and fellow senior Aidan Conlon will anchor a Huskie offensive line that will feature three new starters in 2015. The O’Fallon, Mo. (Christian Brothers College) native has cleared the way for NIU offensive standouts like Jordan Lynch, Cameron Stingily and Drew Hare over the last three years, while initiating three of the best offenses in school history. Carter hauled in the touchdown reception that led to Sam Ficken’s game-winning extra point in the thrilling 31-30 victory over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl. He has started 27 consecutive games and played 2,030 career snaps.
The awards’ finalists will be announced on December 7.
Along with 2014 Rimington Trophy Finalist Jack Allen of Michigan State, this year’s watch list features 17 other returning centers previously included.
Syracuse opens its 2015 season September 4 at home against Rhode Island.
Preseason honors continue to pile up for the 2015 Penn State Nittany Lions.