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May 21, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) — Five players from schools that will compete for the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship were named today to the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is given annually to the nation’s top center.
Two of the five players named for the ACC include a pair of repeaters from the 2012 Watch List in Georgia Tech senior Jay Finch (Acworth, Ga.) and Syracuse senior Macky MacPherson (Syracuse, N.Y.).
Finch led a Georgia Tech offense which finished 4th nationally in rushing yardage in 2012 and has rushed for more yards in the past three years than any other school in the nation. MacPherson, is the hub of a Syracuse offensive line that set school records in 2012 for total offense, passing yards and touchdown passes. He is the grandson of Syracuse Hall of Fame head coach Dick MacPherson.
Joining them from the ACC are Florida State senior Bryan Stork (Vero Beach, Fla.), Miami junior Shane McDermott (Lake Worth, Fla.) and North Carolina junior Russell Bodine (Scottsville, Va.).
Stork keyed a 10th-ranked Florida State team which finished ranked 10th nationally in scoring offense and 19th nationally in total offense. McDermott blocked for a Miami team which averaged 31.4 points per game and 440 yards of total offense per game. Bodine helped lead a UNC offense which set school records in total points (487) and points per game (40.8), as the Tar Heels finished 8th nationally in scoring offense.
The ACC was one of three conferences with five nominees, including the Pac-12 Conference and the Mountain West Conference. Only the Southeastern Conference (9) had more selected to the 2013 Spring Watch List.
The Rimington Award uses four All-America teams to select its winner: The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), the Walter Camp Foundation and The Sporting News. The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 11, 2014.
About the Rimington Trophy
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The fourteen-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised nearly $100 million for CF Research.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.