Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) throws a touchdown pass as offensive lineman Zach Shackelford (56) blocks against Texas Tech at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 24, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Rimington Trophy’s watch list features Texas center Zach Shackelford

Posted May 30th, 2018

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Texas junior Zach Shackelford has been placed on the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded annually to college football’s best center.

The Rimington Trophy was first awarded in 2000. No Longhorn has ever earned the honor, although Chris Hall was a finalist in 2009. A 6-4, 305-pound native of Belton, Shackelford was on last year’s preseason watch list.

Shackelford has made 17 starts as a Longhorn, eight of which were recorded in 2017. With Shackelford starting, Texas exceeded 400 yards of offense in games against Maryland, San Jose State and Oklahoma.

In April, Shackelford told reporters he was hoping to improve on his “consistency” this season.

Shackelford is joined on this watch list by Kansas’ State Adam Holtorf, Oklahoma’s Jonathan Alvarez, Texas Tech’s Paul Stawarz and Baylor’s Sam Tecklenburg. Houston senior Will Noble and Maryland senior Brendan Moore, who both attended Austin-area high schools, also made the 57-player cut.

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