Pittsburgh—Pitt senior offensive lineman Ryan Turnley has been named to the spring watch list for the prestigious Rimington Trophy, annually presented to the top center in college football. He is one of 50 players selected to the list by the Rimington Trophy committee.
The recognition is fitting as Turnley (Hopewell, Pa./Hopewell) is coming off the most productive season of his career. Despite nagging foot injuries, he started all 13 contests last year and became one of the offense's most valuable and reliable performers.
Turnley continued to build off his strong junior campaign by having an exceptional spring. Pitt head coach Paul Chryst honored him as the offensive recipient of the Ed Conway Award, presented to the most improved players of spring drills.
The Rimington Trophy is named after former Nebraska Cornhuskers great Dave Rimington, a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982. The award, established in 2000, is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised more than $100 million for research.
Pitt opens the 2012 season on Sept. 1 against Youngstown State. Season-ticket packages are currently on sale for as low as $99 and can be purchased online (PittsburghPanthers.com), by phone (800/643-PITT) or in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office. All Pitt and UPMC employees are eligible for a 20% discount.
Coach Chryst joined Pitt this past December following a highly accomplished eight-year tenure at the University of Wisconsin, where he gained acclaim as one of the country's finest offensive teachers and strategists. His Wisconsin offenses produced nine first-team All-Americans and five Big Ten Player of the Year awards. Chryst was a finalist for the prestigious Broyles Award, annually presented to college football's top assistant, each of the past two seasons.