CLEMSON — Clemson senior center Dalton Freeman earned another impressive honor Monday when he was named as a finalist for the Rimington Award, given to college football’s top center.
It marks the second consecutive season that Freeman has been a Rimington finalist. He is the only current college football center who can make that claim. He joins Notre Dame’s Braxton Cave, LSU’s Mario Benavides, Southern California’s Khalid Holmes, Alabama’s Barrett Jones and Penn State’s Matt Stankewitch as finalists.
Freeman was the only senior on the Tigers’ offensive line; Clemson finished in the top 13 nationally in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense and in the top 30 in rushing offense.
He was named as a first-team All-American last week by the American Football Coaches’ Association, and is a two-time first-team All-ACC selection. Clemson (10-2) has won 10 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1989-90 and won a share of its third ACC Atlantic Division title in Freeman’s four-year career.
He has started 48 consecutive games at center, and will tie Clemson’s record for career starts in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU on New Year’s Eve. He holds the Tigers’ program record for most career snaps, and is only the program’s second two-time Rimington finalist. The other was current Clemson associate athletic director Kyle Young, who turned the feat in 2000-01.