Penn State center Matt Stankiewitch has been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, Penn State athletics announced last week. The award is given annually to the best center in the nation.
Stankiewitch comes into the 2012 season as a fifth-year senior and the lone returner from last season’s offensive line. A.Q. Shipley was the first and last Penn State center to win the award when he won in 2008.
From the Penn State release:
A starter in every game last season, Stankiewitch will anchor the offensive line and is the unit’s only returning starter. He was instrumental in helping Penn State lead the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed last season (14 in 13 games). Stankiewitch played a vital role in helping open running lanes for tailback Silas Redd (1,241 yards), giving Penn State a 1,000-yard rusher for the seventh consecutive season. The former Blue Mountain High School standout led the Nittany Lions in snaps played last year with 966, led by an astounding 97 plays in the win at Indiana.