Grove Named Rimington Trophy Winner
Award given to nation's top collegiate center
December 12, 2003

LINCOLN, Neb. - Virginia Tech senior All-American Jake Grove has been named the winner of the 2003 Dave Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate center. The award is determined based on the consensus All-America center for four major A-A teams.

Grove has been named to all four first-team All-America squads that have been announced thus far. Those four are the Football Writers Association of America, the American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News and The Walter Camp Football Foundation. The Associated Press, the final A-A team, will be announced at a later date. He was also named a first-team All-BIG EAST selection Tuesday morning.

Grove, from Forest, Va., has graded out at 91.8 percent for the season on over 700 offensive plays and leads the offensive line in knockdowns with 48. The senior from Forest, Va., is a two-time All-American as he made The Sporting News' fourth-team last year.

"When the season started, winning the Rimington Trophy was a goal of mine in the back of my mind," Grove said. "I kept it there until after the season because I wanted to focus on winning, but it's always been there. This is a huge honor because the previous winners of the award have all been great players. I'm privileged to have my name mentioned in their company. I'd like to thank Mr. Rimington and the committee. To win the award named after one of the greatest centers means a lot to me."

Grove is just the fourth Virginia Tech football player to win a major award. Defensive end Bruce Smith won the Outland Trophy in 1984 while end Corey Moore won the Lombardi and Nagurski Awards in 1999. That same year, quarterback Michael Vick won an ESPY from ESPN as the College Football Player of the Year.