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Shane Vallot Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

Award honors the top center in the nation
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Posted at 10:21 PM, Jul 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-25 23:53:36-04

LAFAYETTE – Center Shane Vallot has been named to the 2021 Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List, the award’s committee announced on Friday. Vallot is one of three centers from the Sun Belt Conference recognized on the list.

Vallot started in all of Louisiana’s games at center and picked up Third Team All-Sun Conference honors at the end of the season. He was a member of an offensive line that finished the year ranked fifth nationally and first in the Sun Belt in tackles-for-loss allowed (3.64) and seventh nationally and first in the league in sacks allowed (0.82).

The line also opened up Louisiana's rushing attack, which ranked 21st in the nation with 213.0 yards per contest. The unit was named a Joe Moore Award Semifinalist for their outstanding play.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football. Since its inception, the award has raised over $4.8 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

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 two-time winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.

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