Press Release Courtesy: WVU Athletic Communications
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – (July 7, 2016) – West Virginia University senior center Tyler Orlosky was named to the 2016 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List as announced today by its committee, signifying the top NCAA Division I center in the nation.
The current list represents changes since the release of the watch list in the spring. After careful consideration during the offseason and spring practices, representatives from Division I football programs across the country submitted nominations to the Rimington Trophy committee and the watch list was created. These athletes are projected to excel at the center position in the upcoming season.
Orlosky was named the top center in the nation, heading into the 2016 season, by USA Today and has earned spots on various All-American and All-Big 12 Conference teams by preseason publications.
Orlosky, an All-Big 12 Second Team member from Cleveland, Ohio, started all 13 games last season and saw action on more than 1,000 plays. He helped pave the way for the offense to average 479.7 yards per game of total offense, 34.0 points, 228.2 rushing yards and 251.5 passing yards. The offense ranked No. 17 nationally in rushing offense, No. 18 in first down offense and No. 23 in total offense.
Orlosky graded out 90 percent or better in all 13 games last season. The WVU rushing attack produced 200 or more yards in six games, 300 or more yards in three games and a season-high 426 yards at Kansas. In the last six games of 2015, the rushing offense averaged 251 yards per game and 499.3 yards of total offense.
Orlosky is one of only two returning all-conference offensive linemen from 2015 and is the only returning Big 12 lineman listed on the final ranking of the Schneider Scale (ranked the best 25 lineman in the nation used for the Outland Trophy).
While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee uses these three prestigious teams to determine a winner:
- Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)
- Sporting News (SN)
- Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)
Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a “mix” of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11- man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee’s policy is to count all players who play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the All- America teams.
The center with the most first-team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS