CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia center Olusegun Oluwatimi has been named to the 2020 Rimington Trophy Watch List, as announced by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. The trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in the nation.
Oluwatimi (Jr., Upper Marlboro, Md.) is in his second season as the starting center at UVA. He earned All-ACC honorable mention honors in 2019 after he set the pass protection and had a 97 percent target success rate in five-on-five/six protections. Oluwatimi allowed zero sacks and zero quarterback hits as he helped block for quarterback Bryce Perkins, one of two quarterbacks in the nation in 2019 with 3,000+ passing yards and 700+ rushing yards.
So far in 2020, Oluwatimi has a 98 percent target success rate on pass pro opportunities, while his run calls through three games stands at a 100 percent target success rate. Oluwatimi has seven pancake blocks in one-on-one blocking situations for the Cavaliers.
Since the inception of the Rimington Trophy, the seventeen-year old award has raised over $4.45 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
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 two-time 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
The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.