For a second straight season, Kansas State center B.J. Finney has been named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s premier center, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced Tuesday.
Finney’s inclusion on this year’s watch list marks the fifth time a Wildcat has been up for the award, while the Andale product is the first two-time candidate in school history.
Nick Leckey was a finalist in 2003, while Jordan Bedore (2008) and Wade Weibert (2010) were both preseason candidates. Finney has also been named to the spring watch list for the award each of the last two years.
One of three candidates from the Big 12, Finney is a former walk-on who has turned into a team leader for the Wildcats. During K-State’s Big 12 championship season in 2012, he was an All-Big 12 First-Team selection 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.
Finalists for the 2013 Rimington Trophy will be named Dec. 9, while the winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12.
K-State opens the 2013 season against North Dakota State on Friday, Aug. 30.