Terps offensive lineman Sal Conaboy named to Rimington Trophy watch list

Terps center Sal Conaboy, shown here meeting Isabelle Ayres at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital in Baltimore, was one of 63 finalists for an FBS center award.

Offensive lineman Sal Conaboy, entering his final season with the Maryland football team, has been named to the 2014 Rimington Trophy spring watch list, awarded annually to the best center in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

With 125 teams in the FBS, over half (63) were honored as nominees, announced Monday. In the award’s 14-year history, only three other Maryland players have been named to the watch list. Conaboy joins Melvin Fowler (2001), Edwin Williams (2008) and two-time honoree Kyle Schmitt (2003 and 2004).

A former intern with the U.S. Marshals and an active presence on campus who serves as the president of Maryland’s Uplifting Athletes chapter, which raises money to fight cystic fibrosis, Conaboy has started 14 straight games at center for the Terrapins, including all 13 during the 2013 season, when Maryland topped 3,000 yards rushing for the first time since 1994. Conaboy was named to the all-ACC academic team last season and also serves on Maryland’s leadership council.

The award, named for Dave Rimington, a two-time, first-team all-American at Nebraska in the early 1980s,

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, raises money for the cystic fibrosis community and, according to a news release, is “overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation,” which also raises money for CF research.

The full list of Rimington nominees is below:

First Name Last Name School Class Height Weight
Alex Mateas Connecticut RS Senior 6’4 309
Alex Huettel Bowling Green RS Junior 6’3 292
Andy Gallik Boston College Junior 6’3 302
Artie Rowell Pittsburgh Junior 6’2 305
Austin Reiter USF Senior 6’3 286
Austin Barron Florida State Senior 6’3 292
Austin Blythe Iowa Junior 6’3 290
B.J. Finney Kansas State Senior 6’4 303
Betim Bujari Rutgers Senior 6’4 295
Braden Lyons Florida Atlantic Senior 6’5 295
Brandon Vitabile Northwestern Senior 6’3 300
Bryce Redman Houston Senior 6’1 285
Bryce Giddens Arkansas State Junior 5’11 300
Chris Jasperse Marshall Senior 6’4 289
Cody Waldrop South Carolina RS Soph 6’2 315
Collin Rahrig Indiana RS Senior 6’2 290
Dan Voltz Wisconsin Soph 6’3 313
David Peterson San Jose State Senior 6’5 297
David Andrews Georgia Senior 6’2 295
Deyshawn Bond Cincinnati Soph 6’2 296
Dillon Day Mississippi State Senior 6’4 300
Dominic Espinosa Texas Senior 6’4 305
Donald Senat FIU Senior 6’2 285
Dylan Foxworth Tulsa RS Senior 6’2 265
Edward Fusi BYU Senior 6’0 317
Elliot Porter LSU Senior 6’4 300
Evan Boehm Missouri Junior 6’3 315
Graham Shuler Stanford Junior 6’4 282
Greg Mancz Toledo Senior 6’5 300
Hroniss Grasu Oregon Senior 6’3 297
Isaac Seumalo Oregon State Junior 6’3 305
Jack Allen Michigan State Junior 6’1 297
Jake Smith Louisville Senior 6’3 307
Jake Brendel UCLA Junior 6’4 285
Joe Townsend Vanderbilt Senior 6’4 310
Joey Grant UCF RS Junior 6’2 291
Joey Hunt TCU Junior 6’3 295
Jon Toth Kentucky Soph 6’5 298
Jon Hoffing Western Mich. Senior 6’4 285
Jordan Smith San Diego State Junior 6’5 285
Kyle Friend Temple Junior 6’2 305
LaMar Bratton New Mexico Senior 6’0 291
Mark Pelini Nebraska Senior 6’0 290
Matt Skura Duke RS Junior 6’4 290
Matt Galas Nevada Senior 6’1 280
Max Garcia Florida RS Senior 6’4 311
Michael Husar Air Force Junior 6’0 275
Mike Criste Washington Senior 6’6 318
Mike Matthews Texas A&M Junior 6’2 285
Nick Beamish Central Mich. Senior 6’3 310
Nick Martin Notre Dame Senior 6’4.5 295
Reese Dismukes Auburn Senior 6’3 297
Robert Kugler Purdue Junior 6’3 290
Robert Waterman UNLV Senior 6’2 290
Ryan Norton Clemson Junior 6’3 280
Ryan Kelly Alabama Junior 6’5 296
Sal Conaboy Maryland Senior 6’4 290
Shane McDermott Miami Senior 6’4 296
Steven Gurrola Arizona Senior 6’2 291
Taylor Lasecki SMU Junior 6’3 296
Tom Farniok Iowa State Senior 6’4 300
Ty Darlington Oklahoma Junior 6’2 298
Valerian Ume-Ezeoke New Mexico State Senior 6’2 285



Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.



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