There is something to be said for college football trophy “watch lists” in May:
There are a lot of candidates.
And another thing: Most of us will forget about these things until we are reminded of the lists getting cut in, say, four or five months.
Anyway, it’s still worth noting that Penn State’s Matt Stankiewitch has been named to the Rimington Trophy “watch list” to honor the nation’s top center.
That includes five others just in the Big Ten (Iowa’s James Ferentz, Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick, Indiana’s Will Matte, Illinois’ Graham Pocic and Northwestern’s Brandon Vitabile).
And we probably only know Ferentz because he’s the head coach’s son.
But back to Stankiewitch and the Rimington.
The fifth-year senior is Penn State’s only returning starter on the offensive line. He started every game last fall.
He’s a stop student (3.41 GPA) in management and advertising/public relations.
The last Nittany Lion to be honored as the nation’s best center?
That would be A.Q. Shipley in 2008.