Cave named to Rimington watch list

Braxston Cave is one of 50 players on the spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding center.

Entering his fifth year at Notre Dame, Cave's 2011 season was cut short because of a foot injury suffered in a Nov. 5 win at Wake Forest, forcing him to miss the team's final four games and limiting him this spring. Cave will start at center for a third straight season after compiling 22 total starts in 2010 and 2011.

The Rimington Trophy is determined by finding the consensus All-American pick from four different All-American teams: the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Sporting News and the Football Writers Association of America. The winner will be honored Jan. 12, 2013 in Lincoln, Neb.

Other notable names on the first Rimington watch list include Irish 2012 opponents Ben Habern (Oklahoma), Khaled Holmes (USC), Sam Schwartzstein (Stanford) and Ryan Turnley (Pitt).