NEW YORK CITY - Hroniss Grasu, who earned first-team Pac-12 all-conference honors as well as All-America acclaim following the 2012 football season, has been named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy for the second year in a row. The award is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding center in college football.

The Los Angeles junior has opened 27 consecutive games along an offensive line that has paved the way for the school’s top-two career rushers – LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner – of all time.

Oregon ranked third in the country in rushing (315.2 avg.) and second in scoring (49.5 avg.) a year ago, as well as fifth (299.2 avg.) and third (46.1 avg), respectively, in 2011.

One of the signature moments for the Ducks' two-year starter, who was awarded last season’s Moshofsky Trophy as the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, occurred in the season-ending Fiesta Bowl triumph. Grasu threw a downfield block at about the 12-yard line to pave the way for De’Anthony Thomas’ 23-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown to give the Ducks’ a 15-0 opening-quarter lead en route to a 35-17 win.

Grasu was one of five of the 44 players included on the initial list representing the Pac-12 Conference, as well as one of 17 returning players from the 2012 watch list.

-- goducks.com --