JONESBORO, Ark. (7/6/16) – Arkansas State senior center Devin Mondie has been named to the 2016 Rimington Award Watch List that is given annually to the nation's top center in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.
Mondie helped the Red Wolves offense lead the Sun Belt Conference in scoring (40.0 ppg), second in total offense (438.5 ypg) and third in rushing (231.3 ypg). He helped the squad to the second most rushing touchdowns in the league (35) and provided pass protection for the 23 touchdowns via the air in 2015.
He also helped pave the way for Michael Gordon who ran for more than 1,000 yards for the second straight season and Warren Wand who ran for the most yards by a true freshman since the 1996 season.
Behind Mondie and the offensive line, A-State rushed for at least 200 yards in nine games and recorded over 500 yards total offense in six outings. The Red Wolves' offensive line helped lead the team to a top-50 national ranking in scoring offense (No. 12), rushing offense (No. 15), total offense (No. 37) and passing yards per completion (No. 42).
The Olive Branch, Miss., native moved to the center position as the start of the 2015 season after playing just two games there as a sophomore. He missed two games due to injury, but started the remaining 11 and helped A-State to the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Championship and a New Orleans Bowl appearance.
Mondie's sophomore campaign saw Arkansas State play in the GoDaddy Bowl and post a school-record 6,194 yards total offense, averaging 476.5 yards per game ranked 20th in the nation. Playing in a reserve role as redshirt freshman in 2013, he helped lead A-State to a Sun Belt Conference championship.
He is also the sixth Arkansas State center to be named to the list, joining Tyler Greve (2014), Bryce Giddens (2013), Tom Castilaw (2011) and Tanner Jenkins (2006).
Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $120 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
Arkansas State will kick off its season with a home game against Toledo on Friday, Sept. 2. Season tickets for the Red Wolves' 2016 football campaign, which includes six home games, are available for purchase. Arkansas State has strung together 11 consecutive years with a winning home record dating back to 2005 and has won 26 of its last 30 games at Centennial Bank Stadium.