LSU Center PJ Lonergan on Rimington Watch List

LSU center PJ Lonergan seeks to become the Tigers’ first Rimington Award winner since Ben Wilkerson in 2004. PHOTO BY STEVE FRANTZ, LSU ATHLETICS STAFF

On Tuesday, LSU senior center PJ Lonergan and 50 other players were named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, the award annually presented to college football’s top center.

The Rimington Trophy committee incorporates four All-America teams in choosing a winner – American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America. The winner will be announced at the ESPN College Football Awards in December and then honored at a banquet in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 12, 2013.

Lonergan is one of 10 centers from the SEC on the watch list. He was a candidate for the award last year as well, when he tallied 65.5 knockdowns.

The New Orleans native has started 26 games in his career, 22 of which were Tiger victories. He will anchor an offensive line in 2011 that returns four starters and is considered by many the best in LSU history. Last year the Tigers churned out 202 yards per game on the ground, and with the offensive line and running backs returning mostly intact, along with the emergence of a legitimate passing threat at quarterback in Zach Mettenberger, the Tigers will only look to build on that success.

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