- Duke redshirt senior Brian Moore was listed among 50 players on the 2012
Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List. The Rimington Trophy is presented
annually to the top center in college football.
A 6-2, 285-pound native of Coral Gables, Fla., Moore started two seasons at guard for the Blue Devils and was projected to start a center in 2011 before suffering a broken arm in August. He returned to action for three games and helped Duke to its best rushing stretch of the season when the Blue Devils churned out at least 100 yards against ACC foes Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Miami. The Blue Devils averaged 132 rushing yards per game during that span and gave up just three sacks.
A two-time selection to the Academic All-ACC team, Moore
helped Duke's passing attack rank second in the ACC in 2011 as quarterback Sean
Renfree became just the fourth player in school history to throw for 3,000 or
more yards. The Duke offensive line ranked third in the league in sacks allowed
per passing attempt as the Blue Devils boasted five players with 30 or more
receptions for just the second time in school history.
Joining Moore on the list are Eloy Atkinson (UTEP), Mario Benavides (Louisville), Nick Carlson (Wyoming), Braxston Cave (Notre Dame), Reese Dismukes (Auburn), Trent Dupy (Tulsa), Dillon Farrell (New Mexico), James Ferentz (Iowa), Jay Finch (Georgia Tech), B.J. Finney (Kansas State), Travis Frederick (Wisconsin), Dalton Freeman (Clemson), James Fry (TCU), Kevin Galeher (Western Michigan), Hronis Grasu (Oregon), Ben Habern (Oklahoma), Gus Handler (Colorado), Jonotthan Harrison (Florida), Khaled Holmes (USC), Andre Huval (Louisiana-Lafayette), Alec Johnson (San Diego State), T.J. Johnson (South Carolina), Barrett Jones (Alabama), Zac Kerin (Toledo), Tyler Larsen (Utah State), Patrick Lewis (Texas A&M), P.J. Lonergan (LSU), Mackey MacPherson (Syracuse), Joe Madsen (West Virginia), Mike Marboe (Idaho), Will Matte (Indiana), Blake McJunkin (SMU), Andrew Miller (Virginia Tech), Graham Pocic (Illinois), Ryan Powis (Army), Austin Quattrochi (Southern Mississippi), Jordan Rae (UCF), Weston Richburg (Colorado State), Sam Schartzstein (Stanford), Matt Smith (Kentucky), Matt Stankiewitch (Penn State), Tevita Stevens (Utah), Travis Swanson (Arkansas), Evan Swindall (Ole Miss), Ryan Turnley (Pittsburgh), Brandon Vitabile (Northwestern), Stephen Warner (Louisiana Tech), Robert Waterman (UNLV) and Camden Wentz (NC State).
Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million. The
twelve-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is
committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $86 million
for CF Research.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.
Duke opens the 2012 season at home versus FIU on September 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available and may be purchased online at www.GoDuke.com or by calling the Duke Athletic Ticket Office at 1-877-375-DUKE (3853).