1. Colin Baxter Sr ...Arizona
2. Alex Linnenkohl Sr...Oregon State
3. Jordan Holmes Sr ...Oregon
4. Kris O'Dowd Sr...USC
5. Chase Beeler Sr...Stanford
It is a great year for centers in the Pac 10 and there are at least three legitimate Remington Trophy contenders manning the position. You could really rank the top three 1-A, 1-B, and 1-C.
You may notice that we don't have a Husky on the list and that is because Sr. Ryan Tolar has moved back to guard. Tolar is more suited for guard and wasn't exactly suited for the line calls that the position required so I think it may have been a stretch to say he was one of the fiv best centers anyway.
Colin Baxter has started 37 games as an Arizona Wildcat and he is considered the anchor of their offensive line. Baxter was on the 2009 Remington Trophy Watch List, the trophy awarded to the nation’s top center.
"He's not some kind of Superman. He's a good player," center Colin Baxter said. "The media talks it up a lot. You see the guy on 'SportsCenter,' and some people get the idea that he's God or something."
The 6-2, 303-pound Linnenkohl is one of the best centers in the Pac-10 Conference and is a certain postseason honors candidate according to his bio.
It's obvious who is the leader of the offensive line: center Alex Linnenkohl. The three-year starter seems to spend almost all of his downtime during drills giving tips to younger players.
Senior Jordan Holmes started all 13 games at center last season for Oregon and is being counted on to provide senior leadership to a team that is trying to combat off the field problems.
Holmes tallied a team-high 55 pancake blocks during the regular season and earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors following the season. As the leader of not only the offensive line but also the entire team, even more is expected of Holmes this season. “His leadership’s great.” Greatwood said. “He does a good job there. There’s certain things I want out of him — I want to see more out of him. Better movement and just being sharper all the way around.”
O'Dowd was set to anchor USC's offensive line while starting for his second season at center as a junior in 2009. But he was slowed throughout the season by injuries, seeing action in just 8 games. O'Dowd is USC's most experienced offensive lineman and will be counted on to anchor the line in 2010 as a senior center.
About halfway through the Trojans' second spring practice, senior center Kristofer O'Dowd -- one of the players they least can afford to lose -- crumpled to the turf and lay there for several minutes. O'Dowd twice has dislocated his right kneecap, so it was only natural to fear the worst. But doctors told him he had only a mild sprain of his left knee, and O'Dowd termed himself day to day.
Chase Beeler is in his third year in the Stanford program after beginning his career at Oklahoma...made an immediate contribution last season in his first year of eligibility...saw most of his time last season at left guard but looks to take over the starting center duties vacated by Alex Fletcher
An intelligent player that uses his feet well, Beeler makes up for what he lacks in size with good positioning and a great feel for the game.