University of Oregon Center Jackson Powers-Johnson Named 2023 Rimington Trophy Winner
Announced tonight on the virtual Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN, University of Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson has been named the 2023 Rimington Trophy winner, an award that marks him as the most outstanding center in division I football.
Upon learning that he won and explaining the key to having such a successful season, Powers-Johnson said, “having a good connection with all my teammates, an amazing quarterback, great coaching staff, and really just believing in each other is what made it happen.”
In his first season as Oregon’s starting center, Powers-Johnson has been the anchor of a UO offensive line that leads the nation in sacks allowed (5) for the second year in a row.
The Draper, Utah, native stared all 13 games and had an impressive season with a number of accolades. He was the only center selected as a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy. Additionally, he was named the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week twice during the regular season, and was a three-time winner of the Joe Moore Award Pancake of the Week. Led by Powers-Johnson, Oregon’s offensive line is No. 1 in the FBS with a 91.3 team pass-blocking grade from PFF.
About Powers- Johnson receiving the honor, Head Coach Dan Lanning said “We are very proud of Jackson for earning this outstanding honor as the best center in college football. This is something he has put a tremendous amount of effort towards, and combined with his special talents the results speak for themselves. Jackson has done a terrific job for us this season, both on the field and as a leader within our program. He has grown so much as both a player and a person and is incredibly deserving of this award.”
Powers- Johnson was named 2023 All- PAC-12 First Team.
Oregon football Offensive Line Coach A’Lique Terry said, “There’s no one more deserving! I am proud of the work and leadership JPJ has shown since he stepped foot on campus, I remember talking with his dad during his recruiting about this very moment and for him to be here a few years later as the Rimington Trophy winner is a testament to his consistent work ethic and mindset to be his best self daily. Thankful and proud of JPJ for helping lead our room all year and being consistent in his play of physicality and dominance no matter the circumstances and it now leading to being known as the best center in the country. Forever grateful for JPJ!””
Powers-Johnson ranks above all FBS centers in pass-blocking grade (91.3), overall grade (83.2) and run-blocking grade (83.1) by PFF, and has allowed just one pressure in 471 pass-blocking opportunities. He will be leading the Ducks to an appearance at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Monday, Jan. 1, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ.