BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fifth-year senior center Will Matte earned a spot on the Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List, the Rimington Trophy committee announced Tuesday morning. The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I college football.
Matte, who also found a spot on the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List, started the first 32 games of his career at center before suffering an injury in week eight at Wisconsin last season. He made nine starts and appeared in 10 games overall in 2011.
The seven-time game captain helped Indiana rush for 1,374 yards in Big Ten play, the program's highest total since 2001. IU posted five games with over 200 rushing yards, including a 319-yard effort against Northwestern - the most for the Hoosiers in a conference game since 2003.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982. The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb., on January 12, 2013.