Byrd Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State University football student-athlete Thomas Byrd was named to the 2011 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List, an award given annually to the nation’s top center.

Byrd had already been named to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List earlier this year.

A rising redshirt senior from San Pablo, Calif., Byrd is a three-year starter at center for the Broncos. He was named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference this past season after starting each of the team’s 13 games, and was a key member of an offensive line that paved the way for the Broncos to rank second-nationally in total offense (321.08). Boise State also gave up the third-fewest sacks in the country in 2010 (0.62).

Byrd started each of Boise State’s 14 games as a sophomore in 20009, and the Broncos’ offensive line gave up just five sacks on the season – the fewest in the country.

He is one of four Rimington Trophy candidates from the Mountain West Conference.

The Rimington Trophy is named after Dave Rimington, a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest collegiate interior lineman. The 13-year-old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.

The winner of the award will be selected by determining the consensus All-American center from four existing All-America Teams: the American Football Coaches’ Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America.

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