Leslie Turk

UL's Fisher still on Rimington list

by Leslie Turk

The Rimington Trophy committee released its 2008 fall "Watch List" yesterday, and UL-Lafayette center Chris Fisher continues to be a candidate. Fisher was named to the Rimington Trophy 2008 spring list on May 7. The award recognizes the most outstanding center in college football.

A second team All-Sun Belt selection in 2007, Fisher is one of three Sun Belt centers named. Florida International’s Brad Serini and Troy’s Danny Franks also appear on the list.

The fall watch, which includes cuts and additions to the spring list, contains 43 players.

A native of Lafayette, Fisher was a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News in 2006. He started a total of 20 games over his two seasons, helping the Cajuns' running game amass 5,283 yards and 43 touchdowns during that span.

Fisher has also made two appearances on the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List for academics.

The winner will be honored at Rimington Trophy presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 7 of next year.

The 9-year-old trophy is presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Past recipients include Nebraska 's Dominic Raiola, Ohio State's LeCharles Bentley, Miami's Brett Romberg, Virginia Tech's Jake Grove, co-winners Michigan's David Baas and LSU's Ben Wilkerson, Minnesota's Greg Eslinger, West Virginia's Dan Mozes, and Arkansas’ Jonathan Luigs. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy award has raised more than $1.3 million for the award's benefactor, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at 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.