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Hurricanes center Linder on trophy watch list

Hurricanes center Nick Linder on trophy watch list
Hurricanes center Nick Linder on trophy watch list MIAMI HERALD STAFF

University of Miami junior center Nick Linder was named to the Rimington Trophy Committee Fall Watch List on Wednesday.

Linder has now been honored twice by the Rimington Trophy Committee. He was selected to the spring watch list earlier this year.

Linder’s honor adds to an already growing list of preseason accolades for the Hurricanes — he joins teammates Brad Kaaya and Joe Yearby, both of whom were selected to the Maxwell Preseason Award watch list earlier this week.

Linder earned the preseason recognition following a strong 2015 season, when he helped guide the Hurricanes to the 29th–best passing offense in the NCAA.

Known for his toughness in the trenches, Linder was one of just four players on last year’s team that started in every game.

In addition, the Fort Lauderdale native helped anchor an offensive line that ranked eighth nationally in fewest tackles for loss allowed and tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed of any team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Linder will try to become the first Hurricane to win the award since All-American Brett Romberg won it in 2002.

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the most outstanding center in Division I.

Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy program has raised over $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community.

The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $120 million for the fight against 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. He was the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s best college interior lineman.

GOLF

Barry University golfers Maria Paola Fiorio, Nicky Ferre and Tilda Larsson were named Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars.

Fiorio, a senior from Torino, Italy, collected the honor for the fourth time in her career. She was also named to Barry’s Dean’s List and the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the spring.

Ferre, a senior from Weston, earned the academic honor for the first time. She also was named to the SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the spring.

Larsson, a freshman from Emmaboda, Sweden, is also a first-time WGCA All-American Scholar.

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