BATON ROUGE -- LSU senior center P.J. Lonergan is one of 51 players across the nation who were named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is annually presented to college football's top center, it was announced on Tuesday.
Lonergan headlines a list of 10 Southeastern Conference players on the watch list, and he seeks to become the first Tiger to win the award since Ben Wilkerson earned the honor in 2004.
Lonergan, a native of New Orleans, is one of four returning starters on a veteran offensive line for LSU this season. In 2012, he will become the first Tiger center to start at least one game at the position in four seasons since Ben Wilkerson did so from 2001-04.
As a junior, Lonergan saw action on 677 snaps and recorded 65.5 knockdowns. He has started 26 career games and LSU owns a 22-4 record in those contests.
The Rimington Trophy committee incorporates four All-America teams in choosing a winner – American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America. The winner will be announced at the ESPN College Football Awards in December and then honored at a banquet in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 12, 2013.
Lonergan and the Tigers open the 2012 season against North Texas on Sept. 1 in Tiger Stadium.