The Rimington Trophy started in 2000 to recognize the nations top center in college football. Mason Cole is new to that position for Michigan after Graham Glasgow was drafted in the third round to the Detroit Lions. Cole is taking over the important offensive line position, has not played an actual competitive down, but found himself on the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List.
Cole is a junior at 6-foot-5, 305 pounds and moving from left tackle to center this season. He was the first true freshman in Michigan history to open a season as a starter in 2014 at left tackle. He’s started every one of the 25 games in his career at Michigan and also was an All Big Ten honorable mention in 2015.
Cole is one of six centers in the Big Ten on the watch list.
Maryland- Brendan Moore
Nebraska- Dylan Utter
Illiniois- Joe Spencer
Wisconsin- Michael Deiter
Iowa- Sean Welsch
Jim Harbaugh and his staff evaluated the options for center this season during spring practices. They’ve watched Cole and feel he can play any position on the offensive line as a veteran starter. Michigan also has several working hard to earn the quarterback starting job, so they also think whoever gets the job against Hawii will work very well together with Cole. The coaches feel he would be the most successful in this position if he moves on to the next level in his career. Grant Newsome will move to left tackle and started working at this position this spring.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be announced and awarded on January 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska.