Herd’s center Levi Brown Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List


HUNTINGTON – Marshall redshirt sophomore center Levi Brown has been named to the Rimington Trophy’s 2017 Spring Watch List, the award’s committee announced Monday. The Rimington Trophy has been presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A college football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.9 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $130 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982. Rimington became the Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman.

Brown was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team in 2016, as voted by the league’s 13 head coaches. He was one of a league-high four Marshall players on the All-Freshman team, which included only five offensive linemen across the conference. He was the only center among those five to be recognized.

Marshall football will begin its 2017 campaign against Miami-Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The start time for that game between longtime rivals will be announced at a later date, but any game pitting the RedHawks and Thundering Herd is sure to be a don’t miss opening game for old-school Marshall fans who remember the then-Redskins beating the Young Thundering Herd of Marshall 66-6 in 1971 the season after Marshall lost its football team, coaches, supporters, and 75 persons in all in a Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash returning from East Carolina.

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