ATLANTA -- Georgia State center Gabe Mobley was named Tuesday to the Fall Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, while tight end Ari Werts was tabbed to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award.
Mobley, a redshirt junior from Moultrie, Ga., was recognized on the Rimington Trophy watch list for the second straight year. He enters his third season as the Panthers' center, starting 22 straight games.
Also an outstanding student, he earned his degree in history in May, graduating in just three years.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Werts, a junior from Stone Mountain, Ga., is the third consecutive Panther tight end to make the John Mackey Award watch list, following Joel Ruiz (2015) and Keith Rucker (2016).
Last season, Werts had 21 receptions for 329 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 16.8 yards per catch.
The Panthers, under first-year head coach Shawn Elliott, open the 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 31, when they host Tennessee State at 7 p.m in the inaugural game in Georgia State Stadium. Preseason practice begins Aug. 1.
Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2017 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on December 6, 2017 and then presented live on December 7, 2017 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.
The Rimington Trophy and the John Mackey Award are members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast 765 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more.