Texas center Zach Shackelford, who will be a sophomore this fall, has been placed on the spring watch list for the 2017 Rimington Trophy.
Since 2000, the Rimington Trophy is annually awarded to the top center in college football. No Longhorn has ever won the Rimington Trophy. Chris Hall was a finalist in 2009.
Iowa State’s Julian Good-Jones, Kansas’ Mesa Ribordy and Kansas State’s Reid Najvar were placed on the watch list alongside Shackelford, Oklahoma’s Erick Wren, Oklahoma State’s Brad Lundblade and TCU’s Austin Schlottmann. Tanner Thrift, a rising senior at Baylor who hails from nearby Hutto, also made the cut.
Shackelford started nine games during the 2016 season, although he missed three games due to injuries. Named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, Shackelford helped block for 2,000-yard rusher D’Onta Foreman. As a team, Texas averaged 491.3 yards and 31.9 points per game during Shackelford’s freshman year.
A Belton native, Shackelford was listed at 6-4 and 305 pounds on Texas’ spring roster.
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