TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Alec Eberle was named to the 2017 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List by the Rimington Trophy Committee on Monday. It is his second selection to the list that includes the top centers in FBS football.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in FBS College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.9 million for the cystic fibrosis community.
The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $130 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Eberle is one of 63 centers recognized on the 2017 Spring Watch List and is one of three student-athletes from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
A native of Mechanicsville, Va., Eberle started all 13 games in 2016 at center as a redshirt sophomore. Eberle anchored an offensive line that finished third in the ACC in total offense (466.2) and fourth in scoring offense (35.1). He helped pave the way for All-American Dalvin Cook to set the FSU single season (1,765 yards) career (4,464 yards) rushing records as he averaged 135.8 yards per game in 2016.
Eberle helped the Noles rush for 478 yards – second-highest in school history – in a 55-35 victory at USF, while Cook set a new career high with a performance of 267 yards, which was the second-most ever by a Nole while rising junior Jacques Patrick contributed a season-high of 124 yards. Eberle was a factor in the Orange Bowl, where the Seminoles’ 33 points were the most scored on No. 6 Michigan all season.
He also set the protection for rising redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois, as he led all freshmen in passing with 3,350 yards, while tossing 20 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Francois also captured the ACC Offensive Rookie and Rookie of the Year in 2016.
Off the field, Eberle was one of 12 FBS players named to the 2016 AFCA Good Works Team for his role as the head of Uplifting Athletes where he is responsible for hosting the annual Lift for Life event, which raises money for Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disease that affects head football coach Jimbo Fisher’s youngest son, Ethan. Eberle also helped at other community service events during the 2016-17 academic year that included Habitat for Humanity, Literacy Week and Another Way Out.
Only one Seminole has ever won the Rimington Trophy, which began in 2000. Bryan Stork captured the honor in 2013, while leading Florida State to a 14-0 record and the national championship.
The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.