December 2003 -NEW YORK – The 2003 winners of the Rimington Award have been announced honoring the top centers in the FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA levels.
This marks the first year of the award as part of the honoring of the top center in the country with the Rimington Trophy.
FCS: Eugene Amano
Southeast Missouri State
Eugene Amano of Southeast Missouri State has been named the winner of the 2003 Rimington Award for the FCS level. Amano, born in Manila, Philippines, was also named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, The NFL Draft Report and Football Gazette.
He earned first team all-OVC honoros in 2003, second team all-OVC honors at center in 2002 after claiming second team all-OVC honors at guard in 2001
DII: Kevin Palmer
Texas A&M – Kingsville
Kevin Palmer of Texas A&M – Kingsville has been named the winner of the Rimington Award for the DII level of college football. Palmer was a first team Lone Star conference selection in back-to-back seasons for 2002 and 2003 while helping to lead his team to three straight conference titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Palmer was named a first team 2002 NCAA DII All American
DIII: Tom Doyle
Tom Doyle of Capital University is the DIII winner of the first ever Rimington Award for the small college level of college football. Doyle was named a NCAA DIII All-American and is a member of the Capital University academic honor roll.
Doyle was a first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection in 2003 and a second team selection in 2002.
NAIA: Dominic Miraglia
Northwestern Oklahoma State
Dominic Miraglia has been named the NAIA winner of the inagural Rimington Award, honoring the top center at the FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA level.
Miraglia was an NAIA All-American for the Victory Sports Network and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He was also a winner of multiple All Conference awards in the Central States Football League.