Jonathan Luigs is a center for the Cincinnati Bengals, who selected him with the 106th pick in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Luigs played four seasons at the University of Arkansas, where he won the 2007 Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center. Luigs is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 314 pounds. His last name is pronounced luh-WEEGS.
Luigs was a three-year starter at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was ranked as the No. 127 offensive line prospect in the Class of 2004 by Scout.com. He signed with Arkansas after also considering LSU, Memphis, Alabama, Iowa, Kansas State and Nebraska.
After redshirting in 2004, Luigs played both guard and tackle in 2005. He was named a freshman All-American by ESPN.com and the Football Writers Association of America.
In 2006, Luigs was the only sophomore named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, losing out to Dan Mozes of West Virginia. Arkansas led the SEC in rushing, and Luigs was honored as a first team All-SEC selection. He also earned third team All-America honors from the Associated Press.
Luigs led the way for Doak Walker Award winner Darren McFadden, earning Rimington Trophy honors himself. He was a consensus first team All-America selection, and was the first Arkansas center to win a national individual award. He shared the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy honors with Andre Smith of Alabama.
For the third straight year, Luigs was a Rimington finalist in 2008, but lost the award to A.Q. Shipley of Penn State. He was a second team All-SEC selection by both the coaches and The Associated Press.
Jonathan Luigs was selected in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Before the 2009 season, Luigs signed a contract with Cincinnati. Terms were not disclosed.
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