May 21, 2013
UCLA redshirt sophomore center Jake Brendel was named Tuesday to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List. The award is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football.
Brendel started all 14 games at center during a record-setting 2012 offensive campaign for the Bruins, headlined by the accomplishments of running back Johnathan Franklin and quarterback Brett Hundley. He earned Freshman All-America status from several publications, including first-team Freshman All-America from the Sporting News and second-team Freshman All-America honors from collegefootballnews.com.
In addition, the Plano, TX native was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference by the league coaches. An outstanding student and an Economics major, Brendel was a first-team Academic All-Pac-12 team selection. He was the recipient of the Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player (offense) at the team's awards dinner.
The Rimington Trophy committee uses the All-America teams as selected by the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers of America to determine their winner. The center with the most first-team votes to these teams will be the award winner. The winner will be honored at the Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb. on January 11, 2014.
For more information on The Rimington Trophy please visit: www.rimingtontrophy.com. UCLA football opens up the 2013 season on August 31 in the Rose Bowl against Nevada. For ticket information, call 310 UCLA-WIN (310-825-2946) or go to the link at http://www.uclabruins.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/season-tickets.html