We know that the summer is awards watchlist season, and that kicked off on Wednesday when Miami Hurricanes C Tyler Gauthier was named to the Rimington Trophy watchlist.
Here’s more narrative on this announcement from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami senior Tyler Gauthier was named to the 2018 Spring Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I football, it was announced Wednesday by the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
An Honorable Mention All-ACC selection a season ago, Gauthier was one of eight players named to the watch list from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Gauthier started all 13 games at center for the Hurricanes in 2018, extending his personal streak of 17 straight starts on the offensive line that dates to 2016. The Venice, Fla., native helped anchor a Hurricanes offensive line unit that paved the way for 2,090 rushing yards (160.8 yards per game) and 3,153 passing yards (242.5 yards per game). The Hurricanes captured the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division for the first time in its history in 2017 and earned an invitation to the Capital One Orange Bowl for the first time in 13 years.
Brett Romberg (2002) is the only Rimington Trophy winner in program history.
Since its inception, the seventeen-year old award has raised over $3.6 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, 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 two-time winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.
For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.
The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.
For the Canes to be successful in 2018, Tyler Gauthier, and the rest of the Offensive Line, will need to step up. Hopefully, Gauthier is able to play like one of the best Centers in America, and will help lead the OL to great success.