FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) - North Dakota State center Tanner Volson was announced as the winner of the 16th annual Rimington Award on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The award is presented to top centers in the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA football.
Volson, a senior from Balfour, N.D., was previously selected to the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team and the Associated Press FCS All-America first team. He is the third Rimington Award winner from NDSU, joining Rob Hunt (2004) and Joe Lund (2012).
Volson has made 28 consecutive starts at center over the past two seasons and played in 57 career games for the Bison. He was second-team All-MVFC last year and has helped this year's Bison offense to an impressive 41.5 points per game and 274.2 rushing yards per game, both Top 10 marks in the FCS. He is a two-time MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week this year.
Other Rimington Award winners for 2018 are Bryce Bray of Hardin University (Ark.) in Division II, Nate Trewyn of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Division III, and Garrett Bader of Benedictine College (Kan.) in the NAIA.
The award winners are selected by Jason Dannelly, coordinator of the Rimington Award and longtime writer of college football in non-FBS divisions as part of the continued tradition of one of college football’s most prestigious awards. Dannelly was the founder of the Victory Sports Network and has been a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) for over 20 years.
About the Rimington Trophy
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I FBS football. Since its inception, the 18-year old award has raised over $3.6 million for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
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 two-time winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.
About the Boomer Esiason Foundation
In 1993, Gunnar Esiason – son of former NFL MVP quarterback Boomer Esiason – was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs, digestive system, and reproductive system of about 30,000 Americans by causing a thick build-up of mucus that leads to blockage, inflammation, and infection.
Boomer and his wife Cheryl founded the Boomer Esiason Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the cystic fibrosis community. The Foundation has raised over $138 million over the past 25 years. Today, BEF has 10 scholarships, transplant grants, and other educational programs in an effort to assist CF patients and families in their daily lives. There have also been over 800 athletes who have competed in marathons, half marathons, and more to raise money and awareness for Team Boomer – the athletic division of the Foundation.