TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Alec Eberle was named to the 2016 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List as announced by the Rimington Trophy Committee on Tuesday. The watch list includes the top centers in Division I football.
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 $2.6 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 $120 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Eberle is one of 57 student-athletes recognized on the 2016 Spring Watch List and one of eight centers from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
A native of Mechanicsville, Va., Eberle made 10 appearances including six starts for the Noles – all coming successively to end the 2015 campaign. With Eberle at center, Florida State averaged 34.2 points per game, 190.2 yards on the ground and 429.4 yards of total offense. He was part of an offensive line that ranked 17th nationally, third in the ACC, in yards per carry (5.25) and 18th nationally in red zone conversion rate (89.13). The Seminoles went on to finish 2015 ranked fourth in the ACC in points per game and yards per game.
Eberle also helped pave the way on the offensive line to Dalvin Cook’s record setting, single-season performances for rushing yards (1,691) and all-purpose yards (1,935), while Cook rushed for 1,031 yards and 11 touchdowns against seven teams that ranked in the top 50 nationally in rushing defense.
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.