MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State sophomore center Dalton Risner was one of 57 centers nationally, including seven from the Big 12, to be named to the 2016 spring watch list for the Rimington Trophy, the award’s committee announced Tuesday.

Risner’s first-career mention for the award marks the fifth time in the last seven years a Wildcat has been a candidate for the award that honors the nation’s premier center.

A 13-game starter as a redshirt freshman in 2015, Risner earned First Team Freshman All-America honors from Campus Insiders and second-team accolades from Athlon and Scout. The Wiggins, Colorado, native, helped K-State rank second nationally in red zone offense (94.5-percent) and 18th in passing yards per completion (14.12) a year ago, while he helped the Wildcats rush for 29 touchdowns, which was just one shy of entering the school’s top-10 list. In addition to his on-field accolades, Risner also picked up Second Team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Previous K-State candidates for the award include three-time candidate and 2014 finalist B.J. Finney, Wade Weibert (2010), Jordan Bedore (2008) and 2003 finalist Nick Leckey.

K-State embarks on its 2016 football season on Friday, September 2, as K-State faces Stanford in Palo Alto, California, in a nationally-televised matchup. Following an off week in which Bill Snyder Family Stadium will host the Wildcat Kickoff music festival featuring Zac Brown Band and Train, the Wildcats open their home slate on September 17, against Florida Atlantic.

A limited number of single-game tickets for the 2016 season go on sale online only on June 20. All six home games are anticipated to sell out quickly and extend the Bill Snyder Family Stadium sellout streak to 33 games.