DALLAS --- Texas A&M offensive center Cody Wallace was named one of five finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is given annually to the outstanding center in college football, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced on Wednesday.
Joining Wallace as finalists for the prestigious award are Steve Justice (Wake Forest), Kory Lichtensteiger (Bowling Green), Jonathan Luigs (Arkansas), Alex Mack (California) and Adam Spieker (Missouri).
A three-year starter, Wallace, from Cuero, Texas, has started 36 consecutive games for the Aggies. A preseason All-American, Wallace was named the Big 12’s Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year along with Missouri’s Spieker and a first all-Big 12 selection in a vote of the Big 12 head coaches earlier this week.
With Wallace leading the way, the Aggies averaged over 400 yards of total offense per game, including an impressive 215.6 rushing yards per game. A punishing blocker, Wallace averaged nearly 15 knockdown blocks per game and graded out at 87 percent on 890 scrimmage snaps in 2007. Wallace had just two mental errors in 12 games for an incredible 99.8 assignment success rate.
“Cody Wallace is a phenomenal football player and a phenomenal young man,” Aggie offensive line coach Jim Bob Helduser said. “He’s been a pleasure, a joy and a blessing to work with for the past five years. I couldn’t think of a more deserving candidate for the Rimington Trophy.”
A strong student, Wallace has already earned his degree in sports management and has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 football team for three straight seasons. Wallace has been named to the Academic All-District squad the past two seasons, and is currently on the ballot for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America squad.
Prior to last week’s victory over Texas, Wallace was named a Permanent Team Captain in a vote of his teammates for the second straight year. His teammates also named Wallace a member of the Aggies’ Leadership Council as a junior and senior.
Wallace is the second Aggie to be named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, joining current Cleveland Brown Seth McKinney, who was edged out by Ohio State’s LeCharles Bentley in 2001.
The winner of the Rimington Trophy will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards show, broadcast live from Orlando, Florida on ESPN on Thursday, December 6, 2007. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 12, 2008.