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WKU junior center Seth Joest named to 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List


Western Kentucky University junior center Seth Joest has been named to the 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List, it was announced on Friday.

The Versailles native and Woodford County High School graduate started all 12 games for WKU in 2018 and played all 898 offensive snaps.

Joest ranked second among Conference USA centers with a 16.9 overall cumulative rating by PFF College’s Signature Stats, which included +12.2 for run blocking and +8.1 for pass blocking. He ranked second among C-USA centers with a 73.4 rating by PFF College’s Premium Stats; his 85.6 run block rating and 85.6 pass block rating both led the league.

Western Kentucky University junior center Seth Joest has been named to the 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List. The Woodford County High School graduate started all 12 games for WKU in 2018. (WKU photo)

Joest is one of 80 players to be listed, including one of the 11 from C-USA.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football. Since its inception, the award — celebrating its 20th anniversary — has raised over $4.2 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.

WKU opens the season at home on Aug. 29 with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff against Central Arkansas in the debut of new head coach Tyson Helton. The Hilltoppers return 16 starters on offense and defense, the third-most nationally, while the team’s 10 returning starters on offense rank as the most in the nation.

WKU is picked to finish fifth in the C-USA East Division poll by the media. A year ago, WKU posted a 3-9 overall record. The Hilltoppers finished with a 2-6 mark in C-USA. WKU closed the 2018 campaign with two consecutive victories, knocking off UTEP (40-16) and Louisiana Tech (30-15).

From Western Kentucky University


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