Kansas State junior center B.J. Finney is one of 44 players nationally and three from the Big 12 named to the 2013 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List, the award committee announced this week.
Finney — a native of Andale — is a former walk-on who has turned into a team leader for the Wildcats. Last season, he was a First Team All-Big 12 pick and a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy which honors the nation’s top walk-on. The two-time team captain has started all 26 career games, including the last 25 at center heading into his junior campaign.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football.
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.
Other Big 12 centers on the list include Texas’ Dominic Espinosa and Oklahoma’s Gabe Ikard.