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Bryan Stork Wins the Rimington Trophy

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Redshirt senior Bryan Stork has won the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the nation's top center. 

When Stork arrived at Florida State five years ago he sat through Bobby Bowden's 7-6 swan song season. It was the "dark ages" as Stork called it after FSU's 37-7 win over Florida a couple weeks ago.

These days though, "it's our time," said Stork.

That sure does seem to be the case lately. Florida State cleaned up at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday night. Jameis Winston won two awards, Roberto Aguayo was named the nation's top kicker and Stork was honored as the country's best center.

At Florida State though, Stork is much more than just a center.

Whether it was his roll as the senior-most leader on a young offensive line three years ago (a line that has turned into one of the nation's best this year) or his willingness to play anywhere -- and through anything -- that have made Stork one of the most integral players on the entire roster this season for the Seminoles.

Stork's feet and ankles were so bad this season that it was a rarity he could make it through a full week of practice -- he even missed the Wake game as a precaution. But when Stork was on the field the line played with a nasty streak and a level of poise that was lacking without him.

He also demonstrated his versatility at key points this year too, for instance in the UF game when left tackle Cameron Erving left the game briefly it was Stork who slid from center to tackle and held down the fort while Erving got treatment. 

A couple drives later Erving was back in the game, Stork was back at center and the Florida State line barely missed a beat. 

On Thursday Stork was honored for his performance this year with the Rimington award.

He is currently projected to be a second day NFL draft pick. Before that though, Florida State faces Auburn on January 6th in the BCS Championship game.

 

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