JONESBORO (AStateRedWolves.com) - Arkansas State junior center Bryce Giddens has been named to the Rimington Trophy's Spring Watch List for the second consecutive year, joining 63 other players across the nation to make the 2014 list announced Monday by the Rimington Trophy Committee.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the nation's premier college center, and Giddens becomes the first Arkansas State player to be named to the award's watch list multiple times. Former A-State centers Tom Castilaw and Tanner Jenkins were named to the watch list in 2011 and 2006, respectively.
Giddens was a second team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2013, starting every game at center for an A-State team that claimed its third consecutive league title and second straight GoDaddy Bowl victory. He anchored an offensive line that helped the Red Wolves rank No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference and No. 24 in the nation in rushing offense with over 200 yards per game. He helped pave the way for five different A-State players rushing for over 100 yards in a game.
A native of Moultrie, Ga., Giddens helped lead A-State to 29.2 points per game and 407.8 yards total offense per game, which was the third highest average in school history. Behind Giddens and the offensive line, Arkansas State scored 31 rushing touchdowns, which were just two shy of the most in the league.
The line helped produce a No. 2 Sun Belt ranking in red zone offense, including 35 touchdowns and only one turnover given up. Along with Giddens, the Red Wolves' front five helped produce over 200 yards rushing in six games and over 400 yards total offense six times as well.
Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 14-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $100 million for CF Research. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visitwww.rimingtontrophy.com.