On Monday the Rimington Trophy committee released 64 names to their spring watch list of the best center in the country. Landing on that list is Wisconsin Badgers center Dan Voltz.
The Rimington Trophy is named after Dave Rimington, who had a prestigious collegiate career at the University of Nebraska. Rimington went on to play in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles. After his time in the NFL was up–his career lasted from 1983-1990–he ended up earning his business degree at the University of Wisconsin and was even a graduate assistant there as well. Rimington was with Wisconsin when they won their first ever Rose Bowl championship.
Rimington now serves as the President of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which he has been a part of since 1993.
Voltz is a redshirt sophomore who played in 11 games last season, starting in six of those. With Voltz and the rest of the offensive line, the Badgers were able to rack up a ton of yards on the ground. James White and Melvin Gordon broke the single-season NCAA record for most rushing yards by a duo with 3,053 yards. With a healthy Voltz leading the line, the running attack of Gordon and Corey Clement will be dominant once again this season.
Three former Badgers–John Moffitt, Peter Konz and Travis Frederick–were named to the Rimington Trophy preseason watch list in the past six seasons. No Badger has ever won the prestigious award, although in 2002 Al Johnson was named as a finalist.
The winner will be recognized January 17, 2005 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska.