NEW YORK, N.Y. – Offensive lineman Dennis Edwards was named to the 2017 RimingtonTrophy Spring Watch List, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced Monday. The WKU junior is one of 63 in Division I football to be mentioned in the running for most outstanding center in the country.
Edwards has started 26-of-28 games for the Hilltoppers in his first two seasons at
right guard, but took the majority of repetitions at center during spring practice
as the team looks to replace All-Conference USA selection and four-year starter Max
WKU had the top scoring offense last year at 45.5 points per game and the strong
offensive front was a big part of that success. Anthony Wales’ 1,621 yards on the
ground marked the seventh-straight 1,000-yard rusher for the Hilltoppers, while his
27 rushing scores led the nation and set a new program single-season record.
In 2016, ProFootballFocus.com rated him as the No. 31 guard in the country, while
being a part of the No. 4 offensive line in all of college football.
As a freshman in 2015 following a redshirt year, Edwards started 12-of-14 games
while WKU broke single-season records for passing yards and total offense. From
Snellville, Georgia, Edwards graduated from South Gwinnett High School and was rated
by Scout.com as the No. 19 center prospect in the nation.
The award is named after Dave Rimington, a consensus First Team All-American center
at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982. For his stellar play those two seasons, he became the
first player to win a pair of Outland Trophy Awards as the nation’s finest interior
The winner of the 2017 Rimington Trophy will be recognized at the conclusion of the
season at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
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