2020 Preseason Award Projections: Rimington Trophy

By Charlie Campbell
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Heading into the 2020 college football season WalterFootball.com will debut our projections for the nation’s leaders during the fall. The All-American teams always have some surprises and the stars of next fall could be the headlining players next April in the 2021 NFL Draft. We also will project the winners of the postseason awards that are given out to the best of college football.

The Rimington Trophy is given to the top center in college football. Eight years ago, I predicted that Alabama center Barrett Jones would win the Riminigton Trophy, and Jones brought home the award. Seven years ago, I said I was less confident, but I still got it right with Florida State’s Bryan Stork. Six years ago, I made it three straight years of getting it right with Auburn’s Reese Dismukes. Five years ago, my streak ended when Alabama’s Ryan Kelly won the award. My prediction was Notre Dame’s Nick Martin who ended being drafted in the second round, a round behind Kelly. Last year, I predicted Wisconsin’s Tyler Biadasz would win the Rimington Trophy and he did.

Rimington Trophy Winner:

Trey Hill, Georgia

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Hill was phenomenal for Georgia in 2019. He is a tough run blocker and shows the ability to handle pass-rushing defensive tackles one on one. Taking on a future top-10 pick in Auburn’s Derrick Brown, Hill was very impressive, and team sources have said Hill was impossible not to notice when they scouted Andrew Thomas, Isaiah Wilson and Solomon Kindley for the 2020 NFL Draft. Those scouts feel Hill could be an early-rounder and the top center in his draft class. Hill is big for the position and moves well for a big blocker. I think Hill could be the best center in college football, and if he stays healthy I think he has to be the heavy favorite for the Rimington Award.

Riminigton Runner-Up:

Josh Myers, Ohio State

Myers earned the starting center position in 2019 as a sophomore and had an excellent debut for the Buckeyes. He has good size with length for an interior blocker and is tough at the point of attack. Myers was an effective run blocker for J.K. Dobbins and a steady pass protector for Justin Fields. Now that Myers has a year of experience, he could be even better as a junior and may end up being one of the top center prospects in his draft class. With a top Heisman candidate in Justin Fields at quarterback, Myers looks like a top candidate to earn lots of postseason honors for 2020, and he definitely has a real shot at winning the Rimington Award.

Riminigton Dark Horse:

Alec Lindstrom, Boston College

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Alec Lindstrom (6-4, 290) is the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons guard Chris Lindstrom, a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Alec Lindstrom took a medical redshirt in 2017. A year later, he was mostly a backup center, but then in 2019 as a redshirt sophomore, Lindstrom played well as the center for Boston College. He has quality height and length for center, but could use more weight for the NFL. That could come along as he ages. Alec and Chris’ father, also named Chris, played in the NFL and coached them in high school. Hence, the brothers are polished and more developed in technique than the average player. Lindstrom has a pedigree that will help land him postseason accolades.

Honorable Mentions: Pittsburgh’s Jimmy Morrissey, Alabama’s Landon Dickerson, Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey, BYU’s James Empey, and Penn State’s Michael Menet.

2020 Preseason All-American Projections:
QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | G | C | DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K/P

2020 Preseason Postseason Award Projections:
Thorpe Award | Biletnikoff Award | Outland Trophy | Rimington Trophy | Mackey Award | O'Brien Award | Doak Walker Award | Jet Award | Walter Camp Award

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