DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior center Austin Davis has been named to the preseason Rimington Trophy Watch List. The award is given annually to the nation’s premier center by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The selection marks Davis’ second consecutive year on the preseason watch list.
Davis, a 6-4, 290-pound Mansfield, Texas, product, has earned preseason All-ACC selections by Athlon Sports (2nd team) and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (4th team). He has started 12 consecutive games and played 996 career snaps.
Last year, Davis earned the program’s Dan “Tiger” Hill Award as the most outstanding offensive lineman. He was the anchor of a Blue Devil offensive line that helped Duke finish the season as one of four ACC schools to complete at least 62 percent of its pass attempts along with a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio, joining Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Davis helped the Blue Devils rank fourth in the ACC in third down percentage during league play. He was also a member of Duke’s offensive front that helped produce four 200-200 performances as the Blue Devils posted 200+ rushing and 200+ passing yards versus N.C. Central, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
Davis had the ground game continuing to pound away, rushing for 227 yards versus No. 15 North Carolina, 227 yards against No. 23 Virginia Tech and 254 yards at Georgia Tech, marking the first time during head coach David Cutcliffe’s tenure that the Blue Devils carded three consecutive games of 200+ rushing yards against ACC opponents. He also contributed to the success of quarterback Daniel Jones, who finished second in the balloting for ACC Rookie of the Year honors after setting or matching 23 school records including most total offensive yards by a freshman (3,322).
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
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