May 30, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Indiana -
University of Notre Dame graduate center and captain Sam Mustipher was named to the 2018 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List Wednesday. The Rimington Trophy is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate center.
Mustipher has played in 34 games and started 25 contests during his career. He has started all 25 games over the last two seasons.
Mustipher did not surrender a sack or quarterback hit and yielded just six quarterback hurries in 889 offensive snaps in 2017. He was the seventh highest-rated center in terms of run blocking in the country by Pro Football Focus (8.9).
A two-time Rimington Award candidate, Mustipher was a force on the top offensive line in all of college football in 2017.
Helped pave the way for the seventh-ranked rushing offense in the FBS (269.3 rush yards/game)--Notre Dame has not ranked higher in the FBS since 1995
Helped Notre Dame set the modern single-game record for rush yards per carry vs. Boston College on Sept. 16, 2017 as the Irish averaged 10.1 yards per rush and totaled 515 yards against the Eagles (previous record of 10.0 yards per rush had stood for 75 years)
Helped Notre Dame rush for a single-season school record 3,503 yards in 2017 (previous school record of 3,502 yards was set in 1973)
Helped the Irish set the single-season record for rush yards per carry in 2017 as Notre Dame averaged 6.3 yards per rush, which not only bested the previous modern-day mark of 5.63--set just two years ago in 2015--but also topped the previous school record of 6.2, which was set in 1921 (96 years ago)
Helped Notre Dame rush for 35 touchdowns in 2017, which was the most by the Irish since 1993
Helped Notre Dame rank 27th in the FBS in total offense in 2017--the Irish have not ranked higher in the FBS since 2009
Helped Notre Dame rank 24th in the FBS in scoring offense (34.2 points per game)--the Irish have not ranked higher in the FBS since 2006
Blocked for an offensive line that helped Notre Dame lead the FBS with nine runs of at least 60 yards in 2017
Leader of Notre Dame's offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award--presented by the Foundation for Teamwork, the award is given annually the "toughest, most physical offensive line in the country"
Helped Notre Dame run for over 300 yards seven times in 2017 (the Irish eclipsed 300 yards rushing seven times over the previous 17 years combined)
Helped Notre Dame rank among the top three nationally in runs of at least 20 yards (third, 42), 30 yards (first 28), 40 yards (third, 15), 50 yards (third, 11), 60 yards (first, nine) and 70 yards (second, four)
Helped Notre Dame rank third in the FBS in yards per carry (6.3) and second in the FBS in yards per carry vs. FBS teams with a winning record (6.1)
Helped Notre Dame rank 15th in the FBS in rushing TDs (35), and tops in the FBS in both rushing TDs vs. ranked opponents (11) and rushing TDs vs. FBS teams with a winning record (28)
Helped Notre Dame record seven different players register a rush of at least 30 yards
Helped Notre Dame have four different players rush for at least 100 yards
Helped Notre Dame record 13 separate 100-yard rushing games
Helped Notre Dame register 22 carries that netted at least 35 yards
Helped the Irish run for 318 yards, including 182 in the second half, against NC State, which entered the contest as the No. 6-ranked rushing defense in the country allowing just 91.3 yards/game (Notre Dame's total almost tripled the previous high by a Wolfpack opponent, 133)
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in NCAA Division I College Football. Since its inception, the 17-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
The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.
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