Dec. 5, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fifth-year senior center David Molk (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township HS) of the University of Michigan football team has been named as one of six 2011 Rimington Trophy finalists, announced Monday (Dec. 5) by the organization's selection committee. It marks the second consecutive season Molk has been named a finalist for the award honoring the nation's top collegiate center.
Molk, a four-year starter, has opened 41 career games at center for Michigan. Molk started all 12 games in the 2011 regular season, and in addition to being a Rimington Trophy finalist, he was named the recipient of the Big Ten's inaugural Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award.
Molk was selected to the All-Big Ten first team by the conference's coaches and the All-Big Ten second team by the media. He was selected to the same two teams, respectively, in 2010. Molk is set to make his 26th straight start in the 78th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech on Jan. 3, 2012, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be selected by determining the consensus All-America center pick from four existing All America Teams:
- American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
- Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)
- Sporting News (SN)
- Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)
The other finalists for the 2011 Rimington Trophy are Dalton Freeman (Clemson), Grant Garner (Oklahoma State), Ben Jones (Georgia), Peter Konz (Wisconsin) and William Vlachos (Alabama). The winner will be announced on Thursday during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show at The Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The official Rimington Trophy presentation will be held Jan. 14, 2012, at Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb.
The only Wolverine to win the Rimington Trophy was David Baas in 2004, when he shared the award with LSU's Ben Wilkerson.
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