July 8, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University senior football player Braden Lyons has been named to the Rimington Trophy 2014 Preseason Watch List. The Rimington Trophy annually honors the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I-A college football. He was also named to the Trophy's Spring Watch List in May.
Lyons, a sociology major, started every game for the Owls in 2013 at right tackle and is moving to the center position in 2014. As part of the offensive line that enabled FAU to shatter its season-high rushing record, Lyons received the offensive game ball honors against East Carolina University and Tulane University.
"Braden Lyons will play a new position, and at center he is really the quarterback of the offensive line," said Charlie Partridge, FAU's head football coach. "He works hard to make sure those around him know what to do and ensure they are working up to a high level."
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in the FBS. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised more than $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. 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 more than $100 million for cystic fibrosis research.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the only double-winner of the Outland Trophy as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy is awarded by determining the consensus All-American center pick from three existing All-America teams. The center with the most first-team votes will be determined the winner. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association, which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.