Luigs will be recognized as the winner at The Home Depot College Football Awards show, broadcast live on ESPN, in
"This is a tremendous eye opener for me especially when I look at the history of the trophy and the distinguished lists of winners. It is an honor to be mentioned in the same circle and even bigger honor to receive the trophy", said Jonathan Luigs.
Luigs is the centerpiece of a University of Arkansas offensive line that has cleared the way for the SEC's top rushing attack (296.8 yards per game) which ranks third in the nation The junior is riding a streak of 28 consecutive starts at center for the Razorbacks and leads the offensive line with a 90.4 percent grade average including team-leading averages in run (86.1 percent) and pass (96.9 percent) blocking. He cleared the way for two 1,000-yard rushers in Darren McFadden (1,725) and Felix Jones (1,117).
Luigs has already been honored with the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, as a Rivals first-team All-American and as an SEC Coaches’ and AP All-SEC first-team honoree.
"It is an honor to name Jonathan as the winner of the 2007 Rimington Trophy. He and the Razorbacks played a great season. To compete at the level Jonathan did against such a tough SEC defense, it is a testament to the strength and skill that makes him the top collegiate center. Congratulations to all the watch list candidates, finalists and Jonathan," added Dave Rimington
Luigs will line up against Rimington Trophy finalist Adam Spieker and the Missouri Tigers in the 2008 AT&T Cotton Bowl which will take place on January 1, 2008 in
About the Rimington Trophy
The eight-year old trophy is presented by Canon and The Cornhusker Marriott. The award is presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Esiason created his foundation in 1993 to support research and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Esiason and Dave Rimington were teammates on the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984-87. Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first team
Past recipients include Dominic Raiola (Nebraska. 2000), LeCharles Bentley (