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Washington State center Fred Mauigoa added to Rimington Trophy watch list

Frederick Mauigoa is shown during practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at WSU. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Frederick Mauigoa is shown during practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at WSU. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Washington State’s Fred Mauigoa has been added to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, the award presented annually to the best center in college football.

Mauigoa was one of 57 Division I centers named Wednesday to the watch list and one of 10 from the Pac-12 to receive recognition. Colorado and UCLA were the only schools that didn’t place centers on the list.

Riley Sorenson was the last WSU center honored, prior to his senior season in 2016. Mauigoa replaced Sorenson as the Cougars’ full-time starter at the position last season and started in all 13 games as a true sophomore. WSU’s passing attack ranked second in the country during the 2017 season.

The award is named after Dave Rimington, a former Nebraska center who was named consensus All-American and became the only two-time winner of the Outland Trophy, the honor given to the country’s best interior lineman. The Rimington award, since its inception 17 years ago, has raised more then $3.6 million for Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.


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