The 2014 Rimington Award watch list was released this morning and Cincinnati Bearcats center Deyshawn Bond was named to the field of 64. I’m not quite sure why this was released twice but the UC sophomore was actually named to the list when it was announced two months ago. Oh well, the more praise the better I guess!
The Rimington Trophy is presented to college football’s best center. Considering Bond is on a list that includes just five total sophomores or redshirt sophomores, this is a huge honor for him. Last season as a freshman, he did a nice job bearing the weight of the offensive line on his shoulders stepping in for senior Dan Sprague, who was lost for the season with an injury. Bond struggled in the first half of the year but really came on strong as Cincinnati made their way into the meat of the AAC schedule. I don’t think he walks away with the Rimington Award in 2014 but with three more years to hone his skills, I could easily see the UC center being a strong contender to win it as a junior or senior.
One final note, the Mackey Award watch list was also released today. The trophy is presented to the nation’s best tight end but no Cincinnati player made the list.