Benavides Named Rimington Finalist


by News Release

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 6:56 PM

NEW YORK (NEWS RELEASE) -- Senior center Mario Benavides was selected as one of six finalists for the 13th annual Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's most outstanding center, the Rimington Trophy committee announced on Monday.

Jones, from Los Fresnos, Texas, is joined by Alabama’s Barrett Jones, Notre Dame's Braxston Cave, Clemson's Dalton Freeman, Southern California's Khaled Holmes and Penn State's Matt Stankiewitch as finalists.

Benavides is the first Louisville player to be named a finalist for the Rimington Award.

Benavides is a four-year starter at center for the Cardinals. He has started 46 of the last 50 games, and owns a streak of 21 consecutive starts dating back to last season.

The product of Los Fresnos High School as made 22 starts this season in leading the Cardinals to a 10-2 record, a second-straight BIG EAST title, and a trip to the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Benavides missed three games last season, but went on to start 10 contests in guiding the Cardinals to a league title.

The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-America center pick from four existing All-America teams including the American Football Coaches Association, The Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America.

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 the 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.

Named after Dave Rimington, a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, the Rimington Trophy was founded in 2000 to honor the nation's most outstanding center in NCAA Division I-A.

This year's Rimington Trophy will be revealed live on ESPNU during the ESPN Red Carpet Show, immediately preceding The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (CST).

The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be recognized during pre-game festivities at the BCS National Championship game, featuring No. 2 Alabama and top-ranked Notre Dame at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Jan. 7. The 13th annual Rimington Trophy Presentation will be held at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 13, where the recipient of the Rimington Trophy will be honored.