After his solid play last year, WKU center Max Halpin was named to the 2016 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List on Tuesday, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I football.
Halpin, who was also earned the honor in 2015, was one of 57 centers to be added to the preseason list and one of six from Conference USA. WKU has had a member on the list in three of the last four years as Sean Conway landed on the list in 2013. The winner of the award will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Returning from a back injury in fine form, Halpin started all 14 games for the Hilltoppers and led WKU’s offensive line to another record-setting campaign. The Hilltopper front blocked for the school’s third-consecutive record breaker in passing offense and total offense, while paving the way for a sixth-consecutive 1,000-yard rusher.
In his 24 starts on The Hill, WKU has averaged 503.3 yards of total offense with Halpin at center. The Hilltoppers also own a 19-5 mark in those 24 starts, with the team also earning a win in the game in 2013 where he took over the starting center role in the middle of the Morgan State game.
The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The fourteen-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $115 million for CF Research.