This is a news release from Southern Miss Athletics
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss football’s Cameron Tom was selected to the Rimington Watch list for the top center in NCAA Division I College Football.
The Rimington Trophy Committee has released its 2015 Fall Watch List, which includes 63 centers in Division I football. After careful consideration, representatives from Division I football programs across the country submitted nominations to the Rimington Trophy committee and the watch list was created. These athletes are projected to excel at the center position in the upcoming season.
As the season progresses, the committee will continue to watch all players listed below and will announce its finalists on December 7, 2015.
After being selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman team at tackle as a rookie, Tom made the switch to the middle of the offensive line and was a starter at center during the 2014 season, where he earned All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades.
Tom has played in all but one game in his two seasons with the program. He helped lead the Golden Eagle offense to over 3,000 passing yards last season (3,231) and was consistently graded as top Golden Eagle lineman. He finished the year with the most offensive snaps with 884. In addition, Tom helped the team rush for 1,149 yards for a total offensive production of 4,380.
Off the field, Tom was named First Team Capital One Academic All-District 6 selection and earned Conference USA All-Academic honors, posting a 3.80 GPA as a business major.
About the Rimington Trophy
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 $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $115 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.