2019 Rimington Award Winners for the Nation’s Top Center for FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA Announced

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Southern Utah’s Zach Larsen Wins First Rimington Award in School History

New York, NY – Zach Larsen of Southern Utah headlines the 2019 Rimington Award winners for the FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA divisions. This year’s selections mark the 17th time the top center of each respective level has received the award.

 

Larsen, a senior from Draper, Utah, has been one of the more decorated centers in recent FCS history. He is a three-time All-Big Sky Conference honoree, earning unanimous first team honors this season. In 2018 he was named an All-American by Phil Steele as well as by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. In 2017 he received All-American honors from STATS, Hero Sports and Phil Steele. Additionally, Larsen has been a fulltime starter at center for the Thunderbirds since his freshman year.  Zach is the first Thunderbird to ever receive the Rimington Award and the fourth winner from the Big Sky Conference. Continue reading

The Smartest Teams in NAIA Football.

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Scholar Football Teams Announced.

There is no doubt there is some correlation between having a great football team and a smart football team. Today, the NAIA announced it’s annual “Scholar Teams” list.

In order to make the list the cumulative GPA of a given team must be above a 3.0. Considering most rosters in the NAIA typically have somewhere between 80-100 players, it’s quite a feat when a football team makes the list.

This year SEVEN NAIA football teams garnered the academic award:

St. Ambrose (Iowa) – 3.27

Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) – 3.23

Carroll (Mont.) – 3.22

Taylor (Ind.) – 3.15

Northwestern (Iowa) – 3.10

St. Francis (Ill.) – 3.03

Hastings (Neb.) – 3.00

It should be noted that the MIssouri Baptist women’s tennis team held the highest GPA of all teams participating in NAIA athletics with a 3.94 GPA.