Johnson latest Beav named to a watchlist

GRANT JOHNSON

OREGON STATE senior Grant Johnson was recently named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded annually to the top center in college football. The 6-3, 293-pounder began his OSU career at center before moving to guard. This offseason saw him return to the middle of the line.

It wasn't the only move up front for the Beavers this spring. The two o-tackles flipped sides, with Mike Remmers over to LT, Michael Philipp to RT. Joshua Andrews also moved to guard from center.

A former walk-on, Grant Johnson came to Oregon State from Baker City. He's started 25 games in his college career for the Beavs, all at guard during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. The total makes him the third most experienced player on the Beavers. He earned a scholarship in March of 2010.

The Rimington Trophy committee is voted upon by the American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America.

Johnson joins several teammates who have been named to 2011 watch lists -- senior H-Back Joe Halahuni was named to the Mackey Award Watch List as well as the College Football Performance Awards Watch List along with senior receiver James Rodgers and junior quarterback Ryan Katz.

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