IU center Littlejohn on Rimington list

Indiana senior Hunter Littlejohn is one of nearly 80 centers who has been named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List.

Littlejohn played in all 24 of the Hoosiers’ games the last two seasons, starting 16 at center. This gives the Hoosiers a third player on a preseason watch list, following sophomore running back Stevie Scott (Maxwell and Doak Walker awards) and senior receiver Nick Westbrook (Allstate Good Works Team).

Voting for the Rimington Trophy, given to college football’s top center, is based on three All-America teams: the Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News, and Football Writers Association of America squads. The center with the most first-team votes for those teams will win the award.

While a center can sometimes be placed in other slots on those teams, like tackle or guard, the Rimington Trophy committee counts all players that primarily play the center position. If there is a tie with first-team votes, the committee will look at second-team votes. If there is a tie there, as well, the committee itself will vote to determine an outright winner.

Littlejohn allowed just three sacks in 904 snaps in 2018, and the Powell, Ohio, native was IU’s offensive player of the week following a win at Virginia.  The winner will be honored Jan. 18 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb.

21 comments

    1. If there are 65 or 66 Power Five programs, a list of 80 captures just about everyone who has at least a year as a starting center.

  1. Lots of awards with unknown names (Rimington with an I) and bowl games with unknown names so everyone can get recognition or a trophy or a plaque or a certificate etc. Waiting for the day for losers Bowl games. Loser bowl games would be for those teams who lose in their original bowl games.

    1. “Loser” bowl games…… Funny, t. That pretty much nails it. We win a couple conference games and we get to a bowl game thanks to cupcakes. It’s pegged as a milestone and successful season. If you can’t go .500 in your conference for 5 decades, you should reevaluate your priorities in the said sport endorsed by the university.
      Welcome sports fans to …
      The Defeatist Bowl
      The Sub-500 Bowl
      The Pretty Helmets Bowl
      The No Passing Game Bowl
      The Names You Almost Forgot Bowl
      The Nobody Won the Toss Bowl
      The 70-Yard Bowl…(because we think a football field is slightly too long for these “special” teams with very special teams).
      The Hope Springs Eternal Bowl (inaugural contest played at Memorial Stadium in sunny Bloomington)
      The Colonoscopy Prep Bowl (reserved for explosive teams with no defense)

  2. Sometimes change is like running in place. For football so many bowl games; allows a 50% win team to play in a bowl which dips down to a conference 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th place finishers. It is just like the 1960s, 1950s, 1940s and before. Those bowl teams are still 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th place conference finishers.

  3. And the lower level or smaller conferences and teams are still the lower level conferences and teams.

  4. Chet, to answer your question; no I didn’t know who Dave Rimington is. Long forgotten about him though I am sure I seen him play on tv at Nebraska. I followed teams (on tv and newspaper etc. some) back when air time was more limited. I watched many of the big games including the lesser number of bowl games. So I watched Nebraska teams in the 70’s and 80’s. Asking me if I remember Rimington might parallel to asking a Cornhuskers football fan if they remember Scott May/IU basketball even though Rimington is much more high profile (lineman awards) in football. (Just didn’t pay that much attention to center position). My comment does point to the number of awards and bowl games. As far as awards go it is also the number of athletes/players who make lists that may include many players (high number of players) that make a particular awards candidate list.

    1. Scott May was the two time Big Ten MVP (1975 and 1976) and National Player of the Year in 1976. College sports fans, even very casual ones knew of him, just like college football fans knew of Rimington, who was a game changing center.

      1. In 1982 Rimington finished ahead of Dan Marino, Todd Blackledge, Curt Warner, and Mike Rozier in the Heisman Trophy voting.

        He was edged out by Hershel Walker, John Elway, Eric Dickerson, and Anthony Carter.

        What a Heisman class.

        1. Without a doubt that was a large extremely talented and skilled class. Emphasizing even more the ‘stud’ Rimington was and would be even today.

  5. The awards watch list before the season doesn’t mean anything other than recognition for the players. Earning one of the finalist positions will mean IU is having a very good season because if Littlejohn is in the running IU’s OL is doing very well.

    There are enough negatives about IU football without creating more as players and the team garner more recognition. I know we are dealing with years of frustration but not as much as Northwestern was before turning the program around. IU is taking the same kind of steps NW did when were working to improve. – getting players that want to be the one to change things, playing them early and being patient with the growing pains. Does IU have the players and coaches to get the job done this year?

  6. Bear. I agree with you that any fan casual or not college fan knew Scott May then. However, except for major fans and those having something to do with IU today/currently many have forgotten him or vaguely recall May. That was the point. Same can be said with Rimington/Nebraska.

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