March 20, 2003
Dallas - Washington senior center Todd Bachert has been named to the Rimington Trophy's preseason watch list for the 2003 season. He is one of 29 players under consideration for the award which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate center.
Bachert started all 13 games last season for the Huskies at center. He moved to the position after starting 12 times at tackles as a sophomore. He is one of four returning starters on Washington's offensive line for the 2003 season. Bachert will not participate in spring drills while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
The Rimington Trophy recipient is determined by a consensus of the four All-America teams: The Walter Camp Football Foundation, America Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News.
The four-year old trophy (Nebraska's Dominic Raiola, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, and Miami's Brett Romberg are past recipients) is presented by Canon, USA and Black & Decker. The award is hosted by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Esiason, created his foundation in 1993 to support research and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Esiason and Dave Rimington were teammates on the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-87. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and '82 - years in which he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's premiere college interior lineman.
2003 Rimington Preseason Watch List
Will Allen, Texas, Sophomore, 6-6 , 300 lbs.
Todd Bachert, Washington, Senior, 6-4 , 310 lbs.,
Heath Boucek, Virginia, Senior, 6-2 , 242 lbs.,
Vince Carter, Oklahoma, Junior, 6-3 , 277 lbs., ,
Mike Degory, Florida, Sophomore, 6-6 , 304 lbs.,
Dan Doughty, Arkansas, Senior, 6-2 , 290 lbs.,
Mark Dreyer, Colorado State, Senior, 6-4 , 281 lbs.
Greg Eslinger, Minnesota, Sophomore, 6-3 , 250 lbs.
Jake Grove, Virginia Tech, Senior, 6-3 , 286 lbs.
Rex Hadnot, Houston, Senior, 6-2 , 310 lbs.,
Richie Icognito, Nebraska, Sophomore, 6-3 , 305 lbs.,
Blake Jones, Mississippi State, Senior, 6-2 , 284 lbs.,
Norm Katnick, Southern California, Senior, 6-2 , 275 lbs.,
Dan Koons, Louisville, Junior, 6-4 , 281 lbs.
Matt Martinez, Idaho, Senior, 6-2 , 317 lbs.,
Dustin McQuivey, Utah, Senior, 6-3 , 294 lbs.,
Brian Ottney, Michigan State, Senior, 6-6 , 305 lbs.,
Dave Pearson, Michigan, Senior, 6-3 , 291 lbs.,
Hugh Reilly, Georgia Tech, Senior, 6-4 , 285 lbs.,
A.J. Ricker, Missouri, Senior, 6-4 , 295 lbs.,
Joel Rodriguez, Miami, Junior, 6-3 , 286 lbs.,
Nick Romeo, Syracuse, Senior, 6-2 , 297 lbs.,
Nick Seitze, Kentucky, Senior, 6-5 , 274 lbs.
Josh Shneyderov, Cincinnati, Senior, 6-2 , 272 lbs.
Alex Stepanovich, Ohio State, Senior, 6-4 , 310 lbs.,
Russ Tanner, Georgia, Sophomore, 6-4 , 290 lbs.,
Dan Weaver, Oregon, Senior, 6-5 , 280 lbs.,
Scott Wells, Tennessee, Senior, 6-2 , 300 lbs.
Ben Wilkerson, LSU, Junior, 6-4 , 300 lbs.,