Finney Named Rimington Trophy Finalist

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State senior center B.J. Finney has been named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced Monday.

Finney, a native of Andale, Kansas, is the second Wildcat to be named a finalist for the award, joining Nick Leckey (2003). A three-time candidate for the award, Finney was joined on the finalist list by Jack Allen of Michigan State, David Andrews of Georgia, Reece Dismukes of Auburn, Andy Gallike of Boston College and Hroniss Grasu of Oregon.

A 51-game starter, Finney has started the last 50 games at center. He is a three-time All-Big 12 honoree and is looking to become the second player in school history with four-straight all-conference designations. He was voted a team captain for the third time this season, becoming the first offensive lineman in school history and fifth player overall to serve three terms as a team captain.

Finney has helped lead a K-State offense that ranks in the top 25 nationally in 10 categories, including eighth in team passing efficiency (158.67), 10th in completion percentage (65.6 percent), 16th in red zone offense (89.7 percent), 18th in third-down conversions (46.8 percent), 19th in passing offense (283.2 yds/gm) and 22nd in scoring offense (35.8 points/gm).

The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be presented live during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show on Thursday, December 11, immediately preceding the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show.

The Rimington Trophy winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, January 17, 2015. To learn more about the Rimington Trophy, please visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.