Jul 10, 2012 1:01 PM by Alan Cutler
He's smart, tough and old school.
Matt Smith, a three-year starter is one of 51 named to the Rimington Trophy Watch list, which annually honors the best center in the nation. It's the second time he's made the list.
A native of Louisville, Smith has played in 29 games with 22 starts. Two years ago, Smith helped anchor UK's offensive line unit that ranked in the top 25 in the nation in fewest quarterback sacks allowed.
The SEC dominated the list with 10 candidates. The Big Ten had six and the Atlantic Coast Conference, Conference USA, Mountain West Conference and the Pac-12 all had five players each.
The Rimington Trophy committee uses the American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America All-America teams to determine the winner.
The Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million. The 12-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 cystic fibrosis research.
Dave Rimington, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska from 1981-82.