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Singleton wins Rimington Trophy for FCS schools

Posted: December 19, 2013 8:40 a.m.
Updated: December 20, 2013 5:00 a.m.

SPARTANBURG -- Jared Singleton of Wofford College headlined the 2013 Rimington Trophy winners for the FCS, DII, DIII and NAIA divisions.
The award winners are selected by Jason Dannelly, founder of the Victory Sports Network and longtime writer of football in non-FBS divisions as part of the continued tradition of one of College Football's most prestigious awards.
Singleton, a former standout and four-year starter at Lugoff-Elgin High School, is the Rimington Award winner for the FCS Division.
A three-time All-Southern Conference honoree, Singleton started 27 consecutive games at center over the past three seasons and a total of 37 starts in his four-year career with the Terriers.
Singleton earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Wofford earlier this month.
Singleton a 6-foot-2, 309-pound senior center and finance major, earned first team All-SoCon honors from the league’s football coaches and was a second team choice in voting performed by the conference’s media members.
A 2009 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School, Singleton started 27 consecutive games at center over the past three seasons for the Terriers. He led the team with 175 knockdown blocks, including 35 at Furman which were the second-most in school history. He previously earned All-SoCon honors in 2011 and 2012. 
A four-time all-region selection for Scott Jones’ Demons at L-E High School, Singleton was the starting center for the South Carolina team in the 2008 Shrine Bowl game. In his senior season at L-E, the four-year Chronicle-Independent All-Area Coaches’ Team honoree was named to the AAA All-State squad after having helped the Demons to a 9-4 record.
Here are the winners from the other classifications:
Matt Armstrong of Grand Valley State in Michigan is the DII division winner after being named the 2013 GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year as well as a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award for the best linemen in NCAA DII. Armstrong has been a four-time All-GLIAC honoree including a three-time first team selection.
Ben Cranston of Johns Hopkins University is the recipient of the Rimington Award for the NCAA DIII level. Cranston, a senior from Parkton, Md., has been the starting center for the Blue Jays the last two seasons and was name first team All-Centennial Conference this year, first team All-South Region All-American for DIII and was named to the 2013 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District II Team.
Marc Osborn of Grand View University is the recipient of the Rimington Trophy for the NAIA Division. Osborn, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was a two time first team all-conference selection in the Mid-States Football Association and key contributor to the Vikings success over the last four years which has led Grand View to their first ever NAIA National Championship game.
The 2013 Rimington Trophy presentation banquet will be held January 11, 2014, at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb.  The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in all divisions of College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over 3 million dollars. The 14-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $100 million for CF Research.
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 double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
For more information about the award, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.

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