Kansas State center Adam Holtorf

Kansas State center Adam Holtorf is receiving national recognition for the second straight year.

Holtorf was named to the Rimington Trophy preseason watch list Friday. The award annually is given to the player deemed the best center in the country.

Holtorf, a senior from Seward, Nebraska, also was part of the watch list last year. It marks the 10th time in the award's 20-year history a Wildcat has landed on the watch list.

Holtorf has started 25 games in a row at center, helping the Wildcats rank in the top three of the Big 12 in rushing yards per game every season.

In 2018, Holtorf was a member of the five-man unit that paved the way for 182.6 rushing yards per game, the third-best total in the conference. Per Pro Football Focus, Holtorf is the top returning interior offensive lineman in the league in quarterback pressure rate, coming in at 1.1%.

Holtorf also excels in the classroom.

He was a first team academic All-American last season in addition to earning first-team honors in that category from the Big 12.

Holtorf, who received his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness in December, was one of four Wildcats nominated for the conference honor who boasted a 4.0 GPA.

K-State opens the 2019 season — head coach Chris Klieman's debut campaign — at 6 p.m. Aug. 31, hosting Nicholls at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game will air on ESPN+.

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