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PULLMAN- The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars are always trying to get the best of each other and this season the two centers from each team will be having a personal contest between each other. The Huskies’ Nick Harris and the Cougars’ Frederick Mauigoa have both been named to the Dave Rimington Award watchlist.

The Rimington award is given to the best center in the country. It’s been around for 17 years and has helped raise $4.2 million during that time for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.

Harris was a first-team all-Pac 12 center last season, starting 13 of 14 games for the Huskies. His sophomore season he was an all-Pac 12 honorable mention and he played in 12 games as a freshman in various position across the offensive line. He’s played at center and both guard positions during his time with the Huskies.

Mauigoa is a two-year starter at center for the Cougars. He’s won three letters and was an all-Pac 12 honorable mention last season. He was on the Rimington watchlist last season along with the Polynesian College Player of the Year Watchlist. He’s started 13 games the past two seasons and has played in 30 games in his WSU career.

Winners of the award have generally gone on to become high draft picks and perform well in the NFL. Recent winners include Billy Price, Pat Elfein, Ryan Kelly and most recently, Garrett Bradbury.

Both Harris and Mauigoa will start their seasons at home on August 31. Washington will host Eastern Washington and Washington State will host New Mexico State.

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