HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— Center Chris Jasperse has been the anchor of the Thundering Herd’s offensive line since he arrived on campus four years ago. Monday, he was named to the preseason Rimington Trophy Watch List.

The Rimington Trophy is presented each year to the country’s top center.

Jasperse has started all 39 games of his career since joining Marshall as a walk-on. Last season he barely came off the field in Marshall’s 14 games, playing a team-high 1,067 snaps. Jasperse was credited with 79 knockdown and allowed just one sack.

Marshall’s 7,005 yards last season — in which was Jasperse played a major role as an all-conference first team selection by the league’s coaches — was the best for a Herd team in major college football, and the third time a team has topped 7,000. The others were 7,287 in 1996 and 7,129 in 1992.

The Herd’s 500.4-yard average in 2013 trailed only the 2012 team (534.2), and a 516.0 yards-per-game average over the two-year span is the best in MU history.

Marshall finished with 2,883 rushing yards (205.9 per game), the first time as an FBS team the Herd has topped 200 per game and the best since the final Division I-AA team in 1996 averaged 226.3.

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 $2.5 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 14-year-old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, and has raised more than $100 million for CF Research.

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  • Herd98

    First let me say congratulations to Chris for being identified for his hard work. Now onto to dealing with the the eer trolls that cant help but involve themselves in MU articles despite saying they could care less about MU. The first game played between MU and WVU with Pennington and Moss was the first they played in 1A. They had the lead going into the 4th quarter. We hadnt gotten up to 1A depth yet and just got worn down. I was there saw it with my own eyes. Fast Forward to 1999 and our top ten finish you honestly think WVU could have beaten that team? Seriously be realistic. You serioulsy think WVU could have beaten MU last year? Let Maryland answer that for you. Again lets be honest here you guys play in the BIG 12 thats a different level for sure a true power conference so you should be getting all kinds of recognition for all the great players you have right? Here MU is playing in the much lower CUSA and have Rimington, and heck even dark horse Heisman talk. I think the writing is on the wall once again eer fans, MU is on the up and you guys are just down. Its facts quit trying to grasp at straws and argue your superiority. I honestly hope it gets better for you guys it cant feel good to be a bottom dweller in the Big 12.

  • Jason

    Congrats Chris. Keep up the hard work and you will be playing on Sundays.

  • jdwag

    Maryland sucks little Jon. Lets see.... Minute Rice, Fla Atlantic, Fla Int, Mean who u play. This isn't major college football

  • Jdawg

    C-USA is not major college football

    • John

      Ask Maryland after the Military Bowl.

      • Jason

        Hold on now. WVU was playing "major" college football when they were blown out and shut out by Maryland. Get over it people. Stop hating. Yes, WVU was better than Marshall during the series (where it was WVUs golden years and MUs tumultuous years). But MU was just better than WVU last year and they will probably be better this coming year. After that. Who knows. But that is where the programs are right now.

        • curious

          When would you say was marshalls golden years? When they had Pennington and Moss?? Who won that year when they played?

          • Rob

            Marshall's golden years ? Your looking at them as we speak while the mountaineers are sweating and hoping for 6 win seasons.

          • Wow

            Marshall was a 1AA team at that time and from what I saw in that game, anyone could have won. Marshall lacked the depth due to less scholarships that came into play late in the game.