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Arizona center Josh McCauley named to Rimington Trophy preseason watch list

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Arguably Arizona’s most experienced offensive lineman, Josh McCauley’s play has not gone unnoticed at the national level.

For the third time in his career, McCauley has been nominated to the preseason Rimington Trophy watchlist. The trophy is given to the nation’s top center. This year, the Trophy Committee worked with Pro Football Focus (PFF) in order to whittle down to the top 40 centers.

McCauley is now in his sixth year as a Wildcat, returning to Tucson after the shortened 2020 season.

The former walk-on earned the starting gig at center after now-Oregon State Beaver Nathan Eldridge suffered a knee injury during fall camp in 2018. He hasn’t looked back since then.

After an excellent 2018 season, McCauley earned a scholarship and his first nomination to the Rimington Trophy watchlist in 2019.

McCauley has played in 30 games over his career, starting his last 27 games. He is poised for a strong season if he can stay healthy and will be looked at as the anchor for the offensive line.