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Florida's Max Garcia named to 2014 Rimington Award preseason watch list

One of the most likable Florida Gators on the 2014 roster is "up for" an award.

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Florida offensive lineman Max Garcia was named to the 2014 Rimington Award watch list released Monday.

The Rimington Award is presented annually to the nation's top center. Garcia, who started all 12 games of Florida's 2013 season, played left guard and tackle last year before transitioning to center this offseason.

Garcia is one of 66 centers on the Rimington's list, and one of 11 centers from SEC schools to be named to it. The only SEC schools without Rimington watch list centers are Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Former Gators great Maurkice Pouncey won the Rimington Award in 2009, and Mike Degory was named one of six semifinalists for the award in 2005.


College football award watch lists are stupid. They are beholden to confirmation and recency biases, and, while designed to be comprehensive to the point of absurdity, often fail to capture the breadth of talent in the sport.

None of the watch lists mean anything: The number of players on those lists means that the quality of player on any given list varies from good to extraordinary, with little demarcation possible, and players who currently lack the notoriety to appear on a watch list but demonstrate the skills to contend for an award in the fall will be judged no less competent for not appearing on these list.

And yet, it's the middle of summer, and we're all "starved" for college football content, so these tidbits are "worth" "noting." This note will appear at the bottom of all "Florida Gators on 2014 college football award watch list" posts. Get used to seeing it.