Dec. 7, 2010
NEW YORK--Arizona senior Colin Baxter was named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the most outstanding center in college football.
Baxter, 23, of Rolling Hills, Calif., will conclude his college career Dec. 29 with Arizona's appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. He's working on a string of 49 consecutive starts.
Baxter, an Arizona co-captain for two years, joins fellow Pac-10 counterpart and senior Chase Beeler of Stanford, junior Mike Brewster of Ohio State, senior Jake Kirkpatrick of Texas Christian, senior David Molk of Michigan and senior Ryan Pugh of Auburn as finalists for the award.
The winner will be announced during the ESPNU/Home Depot College Football Awards show, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla., on ESPN this Thursday. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy celebration in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 15.
The Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four All-America teams - the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Walter Camp Foundation (WCF), The Sporting News (SN) and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
The trophy's namesake is Dave Rimington, a consensus All-America center at Nebraska in 1981-82, and two-time winner of the Outland Trophy as the nation's finest collegiate interior lineman.
Baxter has been a stalwart for Arizona since starting as a redshirt freshman guard in 2007 and several games at guard in 2008 before assuming control at center. He is a second-team All-Pac-10 pick for the second straight year this morning and was a midseason first-team All-America pick by Phil Steele publications. He earned honorable mention all-league honors as a sophomore and freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News in 2007. He also earned honorfable mention Pac-10- All-Academic honors that year.
Baxter and other leaders on the UA team helped Coach Mike Stoops take the last three Arizona teams into the postseason, post 8-5 marks the last two years and take a 7-5 mark into the Alamo Bowl against No. 16 Oklahoma State. UA has set numerous offensive records, notably in the passing game, during Baxter's tenure.