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Center Pearson Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Dave Rimington Trophy committee has announced that University of Michigan football player Dave Pearson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) has been named to their preseason watch list of top collegiate centers. The Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the best center in the nation, is in its fourth season of existence.

 
Pearson

Pearson is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree (2000-02) and is an Academic All-America candidate for the Wolverines in 2003 as a fifth-year senior. He started all 13 games at center last season after making a smooth transition from defensive line to center during spring drills. Pearson has started 13 career games and played in 29 contests.

The Rimington Trophy is named for Dave Rimington, a two-time consensus All-America center at Nebraska (1981-82) and the only two-time winner of the Outland Trophy. Past recipients of the award hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation are: Dominic Raiola, Nebraska; LeCharles Bentley, Ohio State; Brett Romberg, Miami.

Following is a list of the players selected to the preseason 2003 Rimington Trophy watch list:

Player School
Will Allen Texas
Todd Bachert Washington
Heath Boucek Virginia
Vince Carter Oklahoma
Mike Degory Florida
Dan Doughty Arkansas
Mark Dreyer Colorado State
Greg Eslinger Minnesota
Jake Grove Virginia Tech
Rex Hadnot Houston
Richie Icognito    Nebraska
Blake Jones Mississippi State   
Norm Katnick Southern Cal
Dan Koons Louisville
Matt Martinez Idaho
 
Player School
Dustin McQuivey Utah
Brian Ottney Michigan State
Dave Pearson Michigan
Hugh Reilly Georgia Tech
A.J. Ricker Missouri
Joel Rodriguez Miami
Nick Romeo Syracuse
Nick Seitze Kentucky
Josh Shneyderov Cincinnati
Alex Stepanovich    Ohio State
Russ Tanner Georgia
Dan Weaver Oregon
Scott Wells Tennessee
Ben Wilkerson Louisiana State

Contacts: David Ablauf, Jim Schneider (734) 763-4423


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