Braxston Cave stayed home for college and has made the locals proud. The Notre Dame senior offensive lineman was nominated for the prestigious Rimington Trophy watch list on Tuesday.
The Penn High School graduate has played in 35 games during his career with the Fighting Irish. He started 22 straight games before a foot injury in 2011 required surgery and forced him to miss the remainder of season.
Prior to that setback, Cave started the first nine games at center and helped Notre Dame's offense average 173.6 rushing yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry.
As a junior in 2011, Cave was also a Rimington Trophy candidate. Last fall he led an offensive line that allowed only five sacks in 324 pass attempts in the season's first nine games.