Ryan Cantrell Named To Rimington Trophy Watch List

May 7, 2008

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas football player Ryan Cantrell was named to the 2008 Spring Watch List for the Rimington Trophy it was announced on Wednesday. The trophy is annually awarded to the nation’s top center.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Cantrell, a 6-3, 295-pound, senior from Sugar Land, Texas (William P. Clements HS), is one of 42 players on the watch list, which includes seven players from the Big 12 Conference, the most of any league.

Cantrell started all 13 games last season for Kansas’ 12-1 team, which finished seventh in the national polls and won the FedEx Orange Bowl. He earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors, as well as KU’s Gale Sayers Award for courage.

Considered the team’s most consistent lineman during the year, Cantrell helped the Jayhawks produce one of the nation’s top offenses as KU averaged 42.77 points and 479.77 yards per game in 2007.

Cantrell started the last five games of his freshman year in 2005 before seeing action in three games as a sophomore. He started every game last season and is expected to be a leader on the line this year.

The winner of the award is based on first team votes from postseason All-America teams selected by the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News and the Football Writer’s Association of America.

The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb. On January 17, 2009.

2008 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

Alabama Antoine Caldwell 6’3″ 292 lbs. Senior

Arizona Blake Kerley 6’2″ 285 lbs. Junior

Arkansas Jonathan Luigs 6’4″ 314 lbs. Senior

Auburn Jason Bosley 6’2″ 281 lbs. Senior

Baylor J.D. Walton 6’3″ 302 lbs. Junior

California Alex Mack 6’5″ 316 lbs. Senior

Central Michigan Colin Miller 6’3″ 280 lbs. Sophomore

Colorado Daniel Sanders 6’3″ 325 lbs. Senior

Connecticut Keith Gray 6’2″ 287 lbs. RS Senior

Florida International Brad Serini 6’4″ 275 lbs. Sophomore

Florida State Ryan McMahon 6’3″ 275 lbs. Sophomore

Hawaii John Estes 6’2″ 290 lbs. Junior

Houston Carl Barnett 6’3″ 285 lbs. Junior

Idaho Adam Korby 6’2″ 292 lbs. Junior

Indiana Alex Perry 6’7″ 292 lbs. Sophomore

Kansas Ryan Cantrell 6’3″ 295 lbs. Senior

Kansas State Jordan Bedore 6’3″ 308 lbs. Senior

Louisiana-Lafayette Chris Fisher 6’2″ 280 lbs. Sophomore

Louisville Eric Wood 6’4″ 309 lbs. Senior

LSU Brett Helms 6’2″ 283 lbs. Senior

Maryland Edwin Williams 6’2″ 315 lbs. Senior

Memphis Philip Beliles 6’5″ 270 lbs. Senior

Nevada Dominic Green 6’3″ 295 lbs. Senior

Ohio State Jim Cordle 6’4″ 297 lbs. Junior

Oklahoma Jon Cooper 6’2″ 289 lbs. Senior

Oklahoma State Andrew Lewis 6’5″ 290 lbs. Junior

Penn State A.Q. Shipley 6’1″ 293 lbs. Junior

Rutgers Ryan Blaszcyk 6’4″ 285 lbs. Senior

SMU Mitch Enright 6’2″ 275 lbs. Junior

South Florida Jake Griffin 6’4″ 307 lbs. Senior

Stanford Alex Fletcher 6’3″ 295 lbs. Senior

TCU Blake Schlueter 6’3″ 272 lbs. Senior

Temple Alex Derenthal 6’4″ 294 lbs. RS Senior

Tennessee Josh McNeil 6’4″ 280 lbs. Junior

Texas Chris Hall 6’4″ 300 lbs. Junior

Troy Danny Franks 6’3″ 308 lbs. Junior

USC Kristopher O’Dowd 6’5″ 300 lbs. Sophomore

Utah State Ryan Tonnemacher 6’3″ 292 lbs. Senior

UTEP Robby Felix 6’3″ 295 lbs. Senior

Washington Juan Garcia 6’3″ 315 lbs. Senior

Washington State Kenny Alfred 6’2″ 310 lbs. RS Junior

West Virginia Mike Dent 6’3″ 300 lbs. Senior