Michigan Wolverines Lineman Achieves All-American, Center Honors

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Michigan Wolverines fifth year Center David Molk (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township HS, hey that’s close enough to SICA! Holla!) has been named recipient of the 2011 Rimington Trophy, announced during the ESPN College Football Award Show last night in Disney World.

Molk becomes the second Michigan player to win the Rimington Trophy, named after former Nebraska center and two-time All-American Dave Rimington. David Baas shared the award in 2004.

“I am truly humbled to be the Rimington Trophy recipient,” said Molk. “It’s such an honor considering all of the great centers around the country, including the other finalists. It’s an individual award, but it’s a credit to our offensive line, our team and our coaching staff. I’m proud to represent the University of Michigan.”

Also during the Award Show on Thursday, Molk also was named a First-Team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation.

Winning the Rimington Trophy and earning First-Team Walter Camp All-America recognition comes one week after Molk earned All-Big Ten Conference first team honors by the league’s coaches and was named the inaugural Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Molk and the offensive line helped pave the way for two 1,000-yard rushers (Denard Robinson and Fitzgerald Toussaint), the first time since 1975 Michigan has had two players eclipse 1,000 rushing yards. The line also allowed only 15 sacks in 2011, while the offense averaged 34.2 points per game, (2nd in the Big Ten), 235.7 rushing yards per game, (2nd in the Big Ten and 12th in the FBS), and 423.1 yards per game (rd-best in the conference).

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