Junior center Mason Cole has made the 2016 Rimington Trophy watch list, which is given annually to college football’s top center. However, Cole has never played the center position.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound left tackle will be switching to center for the 2016 season after the Maize and Blue lost Graham Glasgow to graduation. Glasgow was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Cole was named All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2015 and has started in all games of his college career. The junior was the first-ever Michigan true freshman to start the season opener on the offensive line.
Dominic Raiola from Nebraska was the first player to win the award in 2000. Last season, Alabama center Ryan Kelly won the trophy. Kelly was drafted 18th overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Cole was previously named to the spring watch list for the award in May.
On January 14, the winner will be presented with the Rimington Trophy at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Nebraska.