Grove Named to Rimington Watch List
Senior one of 29 up for top center award
April 10, 2003

DALLAS, Texas - The Dave Rimington Trophy has released its pre-season watch list of top collegiate centers. Awarded annually to the best center in the country, the Dave Rimington Trophy enters the 2003 season with a strong field of potential stand-out centers.

"Spring football is underway and everyone associated with the Rimington Trophy is looking forward to another exciting year of college football. The Rimington Trophy is continuing its tradition of recognizing the best college center and we feel that this watch list highlights the centers that can rise to the top," said Dave Rimington.

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.

The Sports Group also developed and directs the Heisman Winners Association (HWA), a limited liability company, which focuses marketing attention and opportunities on the Heisman winners as a collective group. TSG also currently works with and has worked with the John Wooden Award, the Senior CLASS Award, and the Driver of the Year Award as well as a variety of other professional and amateur organizations and companies.

Virginia Tech senior Jake Grove is among those on the watch list. Grove was a fourth-team All-America selection last year by The Sporting News and will be entering his third season as a starter on the offensive line for Tech.

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.