Football: Mount Union's Mitch Doraty Wins Rimington Trophy as Top Center in NCAA D-III

Mitch Doraty (photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)
Mitch Doraty (photo by Dan Poel, OhioSI.com)

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- University of Mount Union junior Mitch Doraty (Medina/Medina) has been selected as the 2015 Rimington Award winner given to the top center in NCAA Division III.

Doraty is the second Purple Raider to ever win the award (Brett Ekkens, 2011) that started in 2000 and starting in 2003 a winner in each division -- FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA was awarded.

He has started the last 28 games on the offensive line and has earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team and D3football.com All-North Region honors this season.

He helped lead the Raiders to their 24th consecutive and 27th overall OAC championship and he will start at center this Friday as top ranked Mount Union takes on No. 3 ranked St. Thomas in the NCAA Division III national title game -- the Stagg Bowl.

ABOUT THE RIMINGTON TROPHY

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $115 million for CF Research.

Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus firstteam All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.

For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.