One day after four Texas Longhorns landed on the Maxwell and Bednarik award watch list, another key player is being eyed for a prestigious honor.
Sophomore center Zach Shackelford is among 70 players on the Rimington Trophy watch list. The former Temple standout who won the starting center job as a true freshman in 2016 is considered one of the top offensive linemen not only at Texas but in the Big 12. He was named a freshman All-American following the 2016 season.
Shackelford’s inclusion is no surprise considering he was on the award watch’s spring list.
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If Shackelford were to win the award, he’d be the first Longhorn to ever do so since the award was first handed out in 2000.
An early enrollee in January 2016, Shackleford won the starting job and helped the offensive line open holes for a 2,000-yard rusher. After battling through several injuries, Shackleford bounced back to help the offense rush for 257 yards against Baylor and a total of 658 yards against Texas Tech.
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