Notre Dame football has plenty of talent this season, and their senior center, Sam Mustipher, is being recognized for some of it.
Mustipher, who appeared and started in all 12 games last season has been named to the Rimington Award Watch List. As a member of an offensive line who contributed towards 10 touchdowns and 1,471 yards while averaging 5.35 yards per carry, Mustipher has proven he’s one of the best in South Bend.
This season, with running back Josh Adams returning, who rushed for 933 yards on 158 carries and five touchdowns, and an offensive line featuring two projected first-round draft picks, Mustipher looks to belong to one of the nation’s top starting five.
The Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.9 million for cystic fibrosis since becoming a part of college football. Teaming with the Boomer Esiason Foundation, who has raised over $130 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis, this award is given out annually to the NCAA’s best collegiate center.
Mustipher, along with 62 other centers have been named to the award’s watchlist. Although it’s never a clear indication of who will actually win the award, being named to the watch list is a milestone in every player’s career.
The award isn’t Mustipher and Notre Dame’s goal this season, but it would be a great addition to what is hopefully a College Football Playoff run. If the Fighting Irish can continue to perform as well as they did in spring practice, this team should have little trouble finding success in 2017.
For a full list of Rimington Award Watch List members, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.