Written By Quai Chandler
When redshirt junior Collin Rahrig took over as Indiana’s starting center in 2013, it was clear that the job would not be as simple as playing center in some other offenses. Rahrig was burdened with not only having to get comfortable in Indiana’s lightning fast paced offense but also had to adjust to the ever-shifting dynamic of playing with two different quarterbacks, Nate Sudfeld and Tre Roberson. To add to the pressure Rahrig had some big shoes to fill following Will Matte, Indiana’s 2012 team captain and senior standout. Although the odds were stacked against him Rahrig answered the bell, leading Indiana on two separate occasions as offensive player of the week and being named BTN.com second team all big ten. He was also the leader of a young offensive line and went six straight games without giving up a sack. Now, as a fifth year senior, Rahrig is finally being recognized for his contributions on the field and his hard work off the field, as he was named to the Remington Award Watch List. The award is presented annually to college football’s most outstanding center and is named after former Nebraska player Dave Remington. While this is a great honor for anyone it will surely be appreciated more by someone who had to earn a scholarship as a former walk-on.