The Plano, Texas native has started 39 of the last 40 games for the Bruins. A redshirt senior, Brendel is the heart of the UCLA offensive line that paved the way for the Pac-12's leading rusher, Paul Perkins, last year.
Brendel, 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, was selected second-team All-
He is one of 17 returning centers that have previously been included on the watchlist, including 2014 finalist Jack Allen of Michigan State. This is the second year in a row Brendel has been on the Rimington Trophy watchlist.
Eight Pac-12 players are on the 63-player Rimington watchlist.
No UCLA player has won the award.