Dec. 1, 2001
Clemson, SC – Clemson center Kyle Young has been named one of five finalists for the Dave Rimington Award. The announcement was made Saturday prior to Young’s final home game against Duke.
The honor, which is presented to the top center in college football, will be awarded in Lincoln, NE on December 15th. It is named after former Nebraska All-American and Outland Trophy winner Dave Rimington. Young is joined on the list by LeCharles Bentley of Ohio State, Mel Fowler of Maryland, Seth McKinney of Texas A&M and Brett Romberg of Miami (FL). Young was one of the finalists for the award last year. Earlier this week, Young was named. a third-team All-American by The Football News and The Sporting News. It marked the second straight year that Young had been honored as an All-American by both of those publications.
Young is perhaps the most honored lineman in Clemson football history. He was also named the recipient of the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award as the league’s top student-athlete football player earlier this week. On December 11th he will be one of eight Division I football players to receive a National Football Foundation Scholarship. He is a two-time first-team Academic All-American and is on track to win his third first-team honor later this month. If he does that he will be just the second three-time first-team Academic All-American in college football history.
Young leads the Tigers in knockdown blocks with 128, a figure that broke his own Tiger record. He has been Clemson’s highest rated blocker in nine of the 10 games this year, including eight in a row. He has led the team in knockdown blocks in six games. The native of Clemson has started 38 games in a row heading into his home finale against Duke on December 1.
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