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UTEP football: Eric Lee named to Rimington Trophy watch list

UTEP's senior leader along the offensive line is drawing some national attention here in the spring.

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Senior, and second year starter at center Eric Lee was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list, the committee for the trophy announced today.

The list is comprised of the 52 best rated FBS centers projected to be the elite of the elite at that position in the upcoming 2015 season.

Also included in the list is Sean Kugler's son Robert Kugler who is entering his senior year at Purdue.

Lee started all 13 games last season for UTEP, anchoring a unit that only allowed 13 sacks last season, and ranked 33rd nationally in rushing.

The vocal leader along the line was well known for his perfect line checks, and athletic play in the trenches this past season, this award recognition could also propel Lee into the NFL prospect category.

UTEP's fall camp starts August 6th in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

The following is a list of those named to the 2015 Spring Watch List:
Conference School First Name Last Name Class Year Height Weight
Am. Athl.
Cincinnatti Deyshawn Bond JR 6'2 298
Connecticut Ryan Crozier SO 6'4 294
Memphis Gabe Kuhn RS SO 6'4 290
SMU Taylor Lasecki SR 6'2 294
Temple Kyle Friend SR 6'2 305
ACC
Clemson Ryan Norton SR 6'3 285
Duke Matt Skura RS SR 6'4 305
Georgia Tech Freddie Burden RS JR 6'3 302
North Carolina Lucas Crowley JR 6'3 290
Pittsburgh Alex Officer RS SO 6'4 335
Big Ten
Iowa Austin Blythe SR 6'3 290
Michigan State Jack Allen RS SR 6'2 295
Ohio State Jacoby Boren SR 6'2 285
Purdue Robert Kugler SR 6'3 294
Wisconsin Dan Voltz JR 6'3 311
Big 12
Baylor Kyle Fuller JR 6'5 305
Oklahoma Ty Darlington SR 6'2 299
TCU Joey Hunt SR 6'3 295
Texas Taylor Doyle SR 6'4 303
Texas Tech Jared Kaster SR 6'3 293
West Virginia Tyler Orlosky RS JR 6'4 297
C-USA
Louisiana Tech Kirby Wixson SR 6'4 325
Marshall Michael Selby JR 6'2 276
Middle Tennessee Josh Chester RS JR 6'3 305
North Texas Kaydon Kirby JR 6'3 329
UTEP Eric Lee SR 6'1 295
WKU Max Halpin RS JR 6'3 295
MAC
Ball State Jacob Richard RS SR 6'1 275
Bowling Green Tim McAullife RS SO 6'0 275
Central Mich. Nick Beamish SR 6'3 310
Eastern Mich. Jake Hurcombe RS JR 6'1 295
Massachusetts Matt Sparks SR 6'4 280
Northern Illinois Andrew Ness SR 6'3 298
Mtn. West
Boise State Marcus Henry RS SR 6'3 296
Fresno State Bo Bonnheim SR 6'2 283
Utah State Austin Stephens JR 6'3 305
Pac-12
Arizona State Nick Kelly SR 6'2 294
Colorado Alex Kelley JR 6'2 310
Oregon State Josh Mitchell SR 6'3 306
Stanford Graham Shuler SR 6'4 287
UCLA Jake Brendel RS SR 6'4 285
USC Max Tuerk SR 6'6 285
Utah Siaosi Aiono SR 6'2 305
SEC
Alabama Ryan Kelly SR 6'5 301
Arkansas Mitch Smothers SR 6'3 315
Kentucky Jon Toth JR 6'5 295
LSU Ethan Pocic JR 6'7 301
Missouri Evan Boehm SR 6'3 320
South Carolina Alan Knott RS SO 6'4 268
Texas A&M Mike Matthews SR 6'2 290
Vanderbilt Spencer Pulley RS SR 6'4 305
Sun Belt
Troy Dalton Bennett SR 6'3 301
Indpt.
Army Matt Hugenberg SR 6'5 309
Notre Dame Nick Martin Grad. 6'4.5 301