Finney Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

B.J. Finney

May 29, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State sophomore center B.J. Finney is one of 50 players nationally and four from the Big 12 Conference named to the 2012 Rimington Trophy Watch List, the award committee has announced.

Finney, a native of Andale, is a former walk-on who has turned into a team leader for the Wildcats. Last season, he was a First Team Freshman All-American and All-Big 12 selection by Rivals.com, while he earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors from the Kansas City Star and honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the Associated Press. He was also a candidate for the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the nation’s top walk-on player.

On the field, Finney started all 13 games in 2011 and helped the Wildcats average 193.7 rushing yards per game, which was 29th nationally, and pave the way for quarterback Collin Klein’s NCAA-record 27 rushing touchdowns.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million. The 12-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $100 million for CF Research.

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 double 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

Other Big 12 centers on the list include TCU’s James Frye, West Virginia’s Joe Madsen and Oklahoma’s Ben Habern.

K-State opens the 2012 football season September 1 with a home game against Missouri State. Season tickets for the seven-game home schedule remain available. For more information regarding tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com.

Also, fans can visit www.kstatesports.com/16Goals to view the latest 2012 promotional video featuring the 16 Wildcat Goals for Success.