NDSU Center Joe Lund Receives FCS Rimington Award
Release: December 27, 2012
NEW YORK–Joe Lund of North Dakota State University headlines the 2012 Rimington Award winners at the NCAA FCS, Division II and Division III, and NAIA levels. Lund was named the most outstanding center in the NCAA FCS division.
Lund, a 6-foot-2
303-pound senior from Bloomington, Minn. (Kennedy H.S.), who started all 14 games for North Dakota State, becomes the second NDSU player to receive the Rimington Award, joining Rob Hunt who received the honor in 2004. Hunt was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts.
Lund helped the transition of a pair of redshirt freshmen and one true freshman upfront, and was a reason North Dakota State led the conference in scoring (31.4 avg/g) and rushing offense (178.0 avg/g). Nationally, the Bison lead the nation in time of possession (34:39), and are fifth in third-down conversions (51.52) and sixth in tackles for loss allowed (3.79 avg/g).
Kevin Day of Carson Newman (Tenn.) University was the Division II recipient, Curtis James of the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) is the winner of the DIII Rimington Award and Saint Xavier (Ill.) University's Matt Munizzi received the NAIA Rimington Award.The 13th annual Rimington Trophy presentation will be held Jan. 12, 2013, at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb. Alabama's Barrett Jones was named the winner of the NCAA FBS Rimington Trophy.
Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised nearly $3 million. The 13-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.
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.
For more on the Rimington Trophy, the Rimington Award, and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.