For the second straight year, App State’s Noah Hannon has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation’s top center.
A standout because of his skills, intelligence, leadership, toughness and athleticism, the 6-foot-1, 270-pound Hannon has started at center in all 43 games that App State has played since he enrolled, beginning that streak as a true freshman at Georgia in 2017.
The lightest center by weight on the Rimington list, Hannon already had been named the nation’s highest-graded center for the Week 3 games on Sept. 19 while excelling for a line that’s been ranked the nation’s third-best unit by PFF College. The early season recognition comes after PFF ranked Hannon as a top-10 center nationally in Wins Above Average in 2019 and 2018, then labeled him as the nation’s fourth-best center as the honorable mention choice on its Preseason All-American teams for 2020.
The Mountaineers, who are 35-8 with Hannon at center, ranked in the top 25 nationally in both rushing yards per game and fewest sacks allowed during each of the previous three seasons. In their last game, with two of their top three running backs out, the Mountaineers used their zone blocking scheme to rush for 404 yards.
Since its inception, the 17-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 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.