For the second straight year, Oregon’s junior center Hroniss Grasu has been named to the watch list for the prestigious Rimington Trophy. The award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding center in college football. The Los Angeles native earned first-team Pac-12 all conference honors on top of an All-America acclaim following a standout 2012 season.
The 6′ 3″, 284-lb Grasu has started 27 consecutive games for Oregon in helping to anchor an offensive line that lead the charge for running backs such as LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. Why is that impressive? James and Barner are the Ducks’ top-two career rushers – of all time.
Grasu is one of three returning starters along Oregon’s offensive line. Junior tackle Jake Fisher and sophomore tackle Tyler Johnstone will be flying again with the Ducks this fall. Grasu, Fisher and Johnstone aided in another strong offensive showing for Oregon last year. The Ducks ranked third in the country in rushing averaging at 315-yards per game and second in scoring at 49.5 points per game. Oregon is no stranger to such high offensive numbers, posting a 299-yard and 46.1 points per game average in 2011. Both of which earned the Ducks top five rankings in each category, respectively.
Grasu is one of five Pac-12 lineman to earn an initial spot on the watch list, and one of 44 overall. He is also one of 17 players returning from the 2012 Rimington Trophy watch list.
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