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Drake Nugent named a finalist for the Rimington Award

The award for the best center in college football could go to a Wolverine for the second straight year.

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Erik Bean Erik is a lifelong Wolverines fan born and raised in West Michigan. He covers a variety of topics related to Michigan football including game analysis and recruiting.

Michigan’s offensive line play has been stellar the last few years. They have won the Joe Moore Award in back-to-back seasons and aim for a three-peat this year.

A huge standout has been the center play. The Wolverines lost their Rimington Trophy winner from last season (Olu Oluwatimi) to the NFL, but reloaded with Stanford transfer Drake Nugent. There was some fear there may be a drop-off at the position, but Nugent quickly became a plug-and-play.

He has excelled for the Wolverines, and has been named a finalist for this year’s Rimington Trophy due to his on-field success.

Nugent has easily proved he is one of the best centers in college football. According to PFF, throughout the regular season, he has played 302 pass block snaps and recorded the following stats:

  • Zero sacks allowed
  • One QB hit allowed

With Michigan’s season largely dependent on quarterback J.J. McCarthy’s health, Nugent has been excellent in keeping the junior signal-caller upright. Should he come away victorious, Nugent will be the fourth Wolverine in program history to be awarded the Rimington.

Oregon’s Jackson Powers-Johnson and Georgia’s Sedrick Van Pran join Nugent as finalists for the award. The winner will be announced on Fri. Dec. 8 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show.