AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football has its second early-season watch list member for 2017 — senior offensive lineman Austin Golson.
On Monday, Golson was named to the 2017 Rimington Trophy watch list. The Rimington Trophy is an annual award given to the top center in college football.
Golson has started 24 games at Auburn, with 20 of them coming at center. The senior from Prattville, Ala., started his career at Ole Miss before transferring to the program after the 2013 season.
“I feel very confident every time I get on the field,” Golson said in March. “Every snap I take I feel like I’m going to put our O-Line in a good situation and I’m going to be able to execute my assignment. I think it’s good that the guys around me trust me.”
However, Golson might not be eligible for the Rimington Trophy in the regular season. Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand said Golson could move positions — possibly to left guard — if Jacksonville State transfer center Casey Dunn performs well in fall camp.
“Austin is a guy that really can play all five (positions),” Hand said in March. “He started at guard his freshman year at Ole Miss. He’s played tackle here. He’s played center here. … It’s just a contingency. I like to use the term, ‘We like to grease guys up.’ We like to grease them up in that area.”
Auburn football has had one previous winner of the Rimington Trophy, which was created in 2000. Former Tigers center Reese Dismukes took home the award as a senior during the 2014 season.
Golson is one of eight centers from the SEC to make it onto the Rimington Trophy watch list, joining South Carolina’s Alan Knott, Alabama’s Bradley Bozeman, Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow, Texas A&M’s Colton Prater, Ole Miss’ Sean Rawlings, Florida’s T.J. McCoy and LSU’s Will Clapp.