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Iowa Football: Blythe named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

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The trend continues.

It seems like every season an Iowa center puts himself in the Rimington Trophy conversation and 2014 will be no different.

Junior center Austin Blythe was named to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List. The award is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I college football.

Blythe, a 6-foot-3, 290-pounder out of Williamsburg, started all 13 games last year and helped Iowa post an 8-5 record. The Hawkeyes also finished second in the Legends Division and earned a spot in the Outback Bowl.

He is expected to be one of the better returning linemen in the league this year after collecting honorable mention all-Big Ten honors a year ago. He started nine games at guard during his freshman and earned first team Freshman All-American honors from scout.com despite missing two games due to injury.

Blythe, who has been named to Iowa’s Leadership Group for three consecutive seasons, is one of 64 players on this year’s Rimington list. That list also includes eight other Big Ten candidates.

Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. 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.

Iowa confirms that Nico Law will transfer to another school

University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz confirmed recently that defensive back Nico Law will transfer from the Hawkeye football program,

“Nico has decided to transfer from the University of Iowa and complete his athletic and academic careers elsewhere,” said Ferentz. “We wish him the best with his decision.”

Law, a native of Clinton, Maryland, has played three seasons for the Hawkeyes. He saw limited action in all 13 games a year ago, recording four solo tackles and one assist.

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