Wisconsin sophomore Dan Voltz was named Monday to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football. Voltz is one of just five underclassmen among the 64 players named to the watch list, which includes players from 10 of the 14 Big Ten programs.
Voltz, a 6-foot-3, 313-pounder from Barrington, Ill., played in 11 games with six starts at center as a redshirt freshman last season. He was part of a record-setting offense for Wisconsin, which established a new single-season program best for total offense (480.8 yards per game). UW also posted the second-best rushing mark in school history (283.8 yards per game) and set a program record for rushing yards per carry (6.62).
Voltz is the fourth Badgers center in the last six seasons to be named a preseason candidate for the Rimington Trophy. He joins John Moffitt, Peter Konz and Travis Frederick, each of whom went on to become an NFL Draft pick.
Al Johnson is the Badgers’ lone Rimington Trophy finalist (2002).
The award is named after Dave Rimington, a consensus first-team All-America center at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982. The Rimington Trophy committee will recognize its next winner on Jan. 17, 2015, in Lincoln, Neb.