Six MW Student-Athletes Named to 2013 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

May 21, 2013


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Six Mountain West football student-athletes were named to the 2013 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List on Monday.

Ben Clarke (Hawai`i), Dillon Farrell (New Mexico), Matt Galas (Nevada), Tyler Larsen (Utah State), Weston Richburg (Colorado State) and Robert Waterman (UNLV) received recognition.

The MW features the second-most players on the watch list, trailing only the SEC's nine. In all, 44 players were selected.

A Littleton, Colo. native, Clarke (6-3, 275) started all 12 games as a freshman last season for the Rainbow Warriors. He was an honorable mention All-MW recipient and graded out at 87 percent, tops among all UH linemen.

Farrell, a redshirt senior, was named a team captain for the 2013 season. The 6-foot-5, 292-pounder started all 13 games at center last season and earned All-MW honorable mention accolades. He was part of an offensive line that helped guide UNM to the nation's fifth-best rushing attack at 301.3 yards per game.

Galas, a 6-foot-1, 280-pound junior, started all 13 games for the Wolf Pack in 2012 and helped pave the way for the nation's second-leading rusher in Stefphon Jefferson. Galas manned the middle for an offensive line that allowed just 1.38 sacks per game (28th in the nation) and led the way for the No. 8 offense in the FBS at 514.85 yards per game.

Larsen is the Aggies' first two-time first team all-conference offensive lineman since Mauricio Jordan back in 1996-97. The 6-foot-4, 312-pound senior has started 38 straight games.

Richburg, a 6-foot-4, 297-pound senior, has started all 36 games of his career for Colorado State. He was a second-team All-Mountain West selection in 2011 and received honorable mention All-MW in 2010 and 2012. This marks the third consecutive year the Rams' center has been on the Rimington Trophy's preseason watch list.

Waterman, a junior, is making his second straight appearance on the Rimington Award Spring Watch List. Waterman (6-2, 290) was awarded All-MW honorable mention in 2012.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA FBS College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million. The 14-year-old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $100 million for CF Research.

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. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.

The winner will be honored at Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb. on Jan. 11, 2014.