Wisconsin Badgers sophomore center Dan Voltz is one of 66 players on the watch list released Tuesday for the Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top center by the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
The award is named for former Nebraska center Dave Rimington, who was a two-time Outland Trophy winner and a Lombardi Award winner in the early 1980s before playing seven seasons in the NFL.
Rimington is the president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is engaged in the battle against cystic fibrosis.
Voltz started six games and played in five others as a redshirt freshman in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 313-pounder from Barrington, Ill., is one of only four sophomores named to the watch list.
He made his first career start last Sept. 28 at Ohio State and also started the final five games of the season for the Badgers, including the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina on Jan. 1.
Voltz was at the center of an offensive line that cleared the way for running backs James White and Melvin Gordon to break an NCAA record for most rushing yards by teammates in a single season with 3,053 last year. White and Gordon also became the first teammates to each rush for at least 1,400 yards in a single season.
Voltz is the fourth Wisconsin center in the last six seasons to make the Rimington watch list, joining John Moffitt, Peter Konz and Travis Frederick.
No Badger has won the award, which has been given out at the FBS level since 2000. Al Johnson was a finalist for the honor in 2002.