Jake Brendel named to Rimington watch list

Sophomore Jake Brendel made the 44-man watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded each year to the top center in college football. Last season, the Sporting News named Brendel a first-team Freshman All-American.

The Rimington is decided by All-American selections; whoever receives the most first-team votes on the FWAA, AFCA, Walter Camp and Sporting News teams wins.

Here are the rest of the nominees from the Pac-12: Gus Handler (Colorado), Kody Koebensky (ASU), Isaac Seumalo (Oregon State), Hroniss Grasu (Oregon). The latter two are the most likely candidates for All-Pac-12 first team.