Jul 10, 2012 7:27 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports
Laramie, Wyo. - Between now and a week from Friday, the National Collegiate Football Awards Association (NCFAA) will be releasing its preseason watch lists for the upcoming 2012 season. On Tuesday, the Rimington Trophy committee released its updated Fall Watch List to honor the top collegiate center this coming season.
University of Wyoming senior center Nick Carlson will be competing for the honor for the second consecutive season. He was one of 51 players nationally named to the 2012 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List on Tuesday. Carlson is one of 21 student-athletes that returns this season after being selected to the 2011 Rimington Watch List.
The Rimington Trophy is awarded each year to the most outstanding center in college football. It is named for former Nebraska All-America center Dave Rimington. The winner will be determined by the center who receives the most votes in balloting for four All-America teams at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Those four teams are: the American Football Coaches Association; the Walter Camp Football Foundation; the Sporting News; and the Football Writers Association of America.
Carlson earned Second Team All-Mountain West honors as a junior in 2011. He helped lead Wyoming to an 8-5 record, third-place finish in the Mountain West and a bid in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The senior from Arlington Heights, Ill., led an offensive line that allowed only 12 quarterback sacks in 13 games in 2011 to rank No. 11 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed. He also was a key contributor in Wyoming averaging 181.6 rushing yards per game to rank No. 33 in the nation.
Carlson will enter his senior season having started 33 of 34 career games, including the last 25 consecutive. This past spring, he was selected as one of four team captains for the 2012 Wyoming Cowboys. An outstanding student, he has earned Academic All-Conference honors twice during his career.
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