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Rookie Report: David Molk
The Chargers selected Michigan center David Molk, winner of the 2011 Rimington Award as the nation’s best center, with their first of two seventh-round picks.
The 6-1, 300-pounder was a finalist for the Rimington Award in 2010; he was a consensus first-team All-America in ’11, as well as a first-team All-Big Ten pick his final two seasons in Ann Arbor. When Molk won the Rimington Award in 2011, he became only the second Wolverines player to win the award and he was the school’s first outright winner.
Molk drew raves at the ’12 NFL Combine after posting the most bench-press reps among centers at 225 pounds (41). It’s not surprising considering that in 2009, ’10 and ’11, the National Strength and Conditioning Association named Molk its Athlete of the Year.
Molk plays the game with a heavy heart and with a chip on his shoulder. Tragically, he lost his mom to cancer when he was in the eighth grade and it pushed him to work hard. He started every game at center as a redshirt freshman in 2008 and he started every game at Michigan during his junior and senior seasons until his final collegiate contest, the 2012 Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech.
During pregame warmups for the bowl game, Molk felt a pop in his foot and coaches decided to sit the fifth-year senior. As he watched the offense struggle on the first series due in part to a couple of errant snaps, Molk put himself into the game for the second series and didn’t miss a snap the rest of the way as the Wolverines rallied for a 23-20 win over the Hokies.