RENO, Nev. – The Rimington Trophy Committee released its 2013 Fall Watch List on Tuesday and Nevada junior Matt Galas is among the 44 candidates for the award given annually to the nation’s “most outstanding center” at the FBS level.
Galas, is a 6-foot-1, 280-pound junior who started all 13 games for the Wolf Pack in 2012 and helped pave the way for the second-leading rushing in the nation in Stefphon Jefferson. He 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 nation’s No. 8 offense at 514.85 yards per game.
Galas is one of five players from the Mountain West, which is tied with the Pac-12 for the second-most players per conference on the list. The SEC has nine players on the list. Galas was included in the award’s initial spring watch list.
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.
Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The fourteen-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised nearly $100 million for CF Research. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.
The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards.