Senior offensive lineman Tony Morales was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list on Wednesday. Morales will move to center this fall replacing Jared Kaster. He appeared at right guard in ten games during 2015 and made six starts.
The award is given each year to the best center in Division I-A college football. The winner is selected by determining who is the consensus All-American center from four All-America teams. These teams are: the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Walter Camp Foundation (WCF), The Sporting News (SN), and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Last year's winner was Alabama's Ryan Kelly.
Tony's career at Tech has been filled with challenges. His first year in 2011 he was medically redshirted. Then from 2012 to 2014 he was on the scout team and never saw the field for the Red Raiders. All that changed in 2015 when Morales made his first start in the season opener against Sam Houston State. He did not see much action after that until the Baylor game in Arlington. He then returned to the starting lineup against Iowa State and earned starts against Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia.
Morales joins six other Big 12 centers on the list. They are: Austin Schlottman (TCU), Brad Lundblade (Oklahoma State), Dalton Risner (Kansas State), Jonathan Alvarez (Oklahoma), Kyle Fuller (Baylor), and Tyler Orlosky (West Virginia).
The committee will announce the finalists on December 5th. Congrats Tony Morales and good luck this upcoming season.