BOONE — Appalachian State’s senior center Jesse Chapman has had a long journey with the Mountaineer football program.
The former walk-on took over the starting job last season and was a major part of the team’s success in running the football, recording over 240 yards per game, good enough for 18th in the nation among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
Chapman was one of 63 players named to the preseason Rimington Trophy watch list, an award handed out each season to the top center in the country.
This is the 16th year the award will be given.
The Boomer Esiason Foundation, which helps raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, oversees the award presentation. The foundation has raised over $115 million since its inception in 2000.
The trophy was named after Dave Rimington who was a first-team, All-American at Nebraska in 1981 and 1982.
Last season, Chapman allowed just one quarterback sack.
Chapman joins South Alabama junior Joseph Scelfo and Troy senior Dalton Bennett as representatives from the Sun Belt on the preseason list.
Rimington Award preseason list:
Alan Knott, redshirt soph., South Carolina
Alex Officer, redshirt soph., Pittsburgh
Angelo Mangiro, senior, Penn State
Austin Stephens, junior, Utah State
Cameron Tom, junior, Southern Miss.
Dan Voltz, junior, Wisconsin
Eric Lee, senior, UTEP
Evan Boehm, senior, Missouri
Gabe Kuhn, redshirt soph., Memphis
Jack Allen, senior, Michigan State
Jacoby Boren, senior, Ohio State
Jake Hurcombe, redshirt junior, Eastern Michigan
Jesse Chapman, senior, Appalachian State
Jon Toth, junior, Kentucky
Josh Chester, redshirt junior, Middle Tennessee State
Kaydon Kirby, junior, North Texas
Kyle Friend, senior, Temple
Lucas Crowley, junior, UNC
Marcus Henry, senior, Boise State
Matt Hugenberg, senior, Army
Matt Sparks, senior, UMASS
Max Tuerk, senior, USC
Mike Matthews, senior, Texas A&M
Nick Beamish, senior, Central Michigan
Nick Martin, senior, Notre Dame
Rob Trudo, senior, Syracuse
Ryan Crozier, soph., UCONN
Ryan Norton, senior, Clemson
Spencer Pulley, senior, Vanderbilt
Taylor Lasecki, senior, SMU
Tim McAullife, redshirt soph., Bowling Green
Tyler Orlosky, redshirt junior, West Virginia
Alex Kelley, junior, Colorado
Andrew Ness, senior, Northern Illinois
Austin Blythe, senior, Iowa
Bo Bonnheim, senior, Fresno State
Dalton Bennett, senior, Troy
Deyshawn Bond, junior, Cincinnati
Ethan Pocic, junior, LSU
Freddie Burden, redshirt junior, Georgia Tech
Graham Shuler, senior, Stanford
Jacob Richard, senior, Ball State
Jake Brendel, senior, UCLA
Jared Kaster, senior, Texas Tech
Joey Hunt, senior, TCU
Joseph Scelfo, junior, South Alabama
Josh Mitchell, senior, Oregon State
Kirby Wixson, senior, Louisiana Tech
Kyle Fuller, junior, Baylor
Lucas Powell, senior, Ohio University
Matt Hegarty, senior, Oregon
Matt Skura, senior, Duke
Max Halpin, redshirt junior, Western Kentucky
Michael Selby, junior, Marshall
Mitch Smothers, senior, Arkansas
Nick Kelly, senior, Arizona State
Quinton Schooley, senior, NC State
Robert Kugler, senior, Purdue
Ryan Kelly, senior, Alabama
Siaosi Aiono, senior, Utah
Taylor Doyle, senior, Texas
Tejan Koroma, soph., BYU
Ty Darlington, senior, Oklahoma
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