Rimington Trophy: Jake Kirkpatrick

Written by Gil Alcaraz IV on December 18, 2010


The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the best center in the nation. This year, Jake Kirkpatrick of the TCU Horned Frogs earned this prestigious designation.

 

Kirkpatrick made his case while helping TCU come up with its second undefeated regular season in a row. Kirkpatrick and his offensive line gave quarterback Andy Dalton plenty of time to throw all season long, allowing Dalton to throw for 26 touchdowns and completing 66.2 percent of his passes while only getting him sacked eight times. He was part of the offense that was ranked ninth in the nation in yards-per-game (491.5) in large part to their eighth-ranked rushing attack that averaged 5.47 yards-per-carry. His services were a crucial part of allowing the Horned Frogs to earn a #3 BCS ranking at season’s end that got them an invitation to play in the Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers.

 

Kirkpatrick helped the Horned Frog offense rack up 578 offensive yards on their way to a 45-0 shutout of the Wyoming Cowboys. That game was the biggest offensive output for TCU during the 2010 season.

Gil Alcaraz IV

Gil is the owner of the Minnesota Vikings blog, The Viking Den, and an editorial writer for Lakers Nation. Having followed the NFL Draft for years, Gil has had a knack for naming some of the big surprise players to make it in the NFL. Gil is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Gil Alcaraz IV.