2006 Winner - Joel Penton of Ohio State University

December 4, 2006

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL - The All Sports Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the

2006 Wuerffel Trophy is Joel Penton of Ohio State University.

Joel Penton’s Resume:


Major: Communications
GPA: 3.31
Year: Senior

Academic Awards & Honors:

  • 4 Year OSU Scholar Athlete

  • 4 Year Academic All Big Ten Conference

  • 4 time member of the Dean’s List



  • Position: Defensive Lineman

  • Starter: Yes

  • Number of Years as Starter: 1

Athletic Awards & Honors:

  • Varsity Letter 2003, 2004 & 2005

Position Coach: Jim Heacock
Head Coach: Jim Tressel



Community Service Activities:

  • Columbus Food Pantry Boxing

  • Van Wert, Ohio Tornado Relief

  • Mission Trip to East Asia

  • Urban Concern – Inner City Columbus

  • Hospital visits – Children’s Hospital, Columbus

  • Campus Crusade for Christ 2003 Inner City New York Spring Break Trip

  • OSU Athletes in Action Leadership Team

  • OSU Athletes in Action Weekly Meeting Emcee

  • Jonathan Aldler Baccalaureate, Guest Speaker

  • Delaware Hayes Full High School Assembly, Guest Speaker

  • Pandora/Gilboa Full High School Assembly, Guest Speaker

  • Worthington Christian Full High School Assembly, Guest Speaker

  • Upper Sandusky Full Middle School Assembly, Guest Speaker

  • Upper Arlington Middle School Student Venture, 3 time participant

  • FCA events at: Dublin Scioto High School, Kenton High School, Sunbury Big Walnut High School, Olentangy High School, New Albany High School, and Mount Vernon High School

  • FCA Golf Camp, volunteer

  • World Harvest Football Camp, volunteer

  • Van Wert High School Football Camp, volunteer

  • OSU Campus Crusade for Christ weekly meetings

  • OSU AIA weekly meetings

  • OSU Outreach on the Oval

  • Dorm Pizza eating contests, 3 times

  • OSU PRSSA Meeting

  • Cedarville University Chapel

  • Ohio Wesleyan University Student Athlete Meeting

  • Bluffton University and Denison University Campus Crusade for Christ

  • Marion Correctional Institution, guest speaker twice

  • Juvenile Detention Center – Columbus

  • Dayton Area FCA Overnight

  • Regional FCA Retreat – Southeast Ohio

  • Nazarene Youth Conference – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • City Wide Youth Rally – Hershey, Pennsylvania and Cadiz, Ohio

  • Resurrection Breakfast – Mansfield, Ohio

  • “Spark in the Park” City Wide Rally – Van Wert, Ohio

  • Hilltop Hoops Inner City Basketball Tournament – Columbus

  • Athletes in Action Central Ohio Dessert Banquet

  • FCA Central Ohio Christmas Luncheon

  • Grove City Nazarene Football Team Kickoff Dinner

  • ReNew Partnerships “One” Event

  • “The Well” Kickoff Dinner

  • Sunbury Nazarene Youth Retreat

  • Gahanna Men’s Breakfast

  • Lambert Days Festival Sunday meeting – Ohio City

  • Community Rally – Wauseon, Ohio

  • Northwest Bible Church “See You At The Party”

  • Vineyard Super Bowl Party

  • American Baptist Men’s “Faith and Football”

  • 3rd Annual Wesley United Methodist Church Youth Banquet

  • At least one full Sunday Sermon delivered at the following churches: Ebenezer Baptist, Logan, Ohio – Scott Memorial Methodist, Cadiz, Ohio – Free Christian Church of God, Continental, Ohio – Centerville United Methodist Church, Centerville, Ohio – Sycamore Creek Baptist, Pickerington, Ohio – Reynoldsburg United Methodist, Reynoldsburg, Ohio – Trinity Friends, Van Wert, Ohio – Redeemer Lutheran, Convoy, Ohio – Highpoint Nazarene, Delaware, Ohio – Sunbury Nazarene, Sunbury, Ohio – First Baptist Church, Heath, Ohio – Upper Arlington Grace Brethren, Upper Arlington, Ohio


Level of Service:

  • Joel’s actual speaking engagements number well over 100 and are next to impossible to list. Much of his community service work has been done repeatedly over the past 5 years.

  • Joel is active in FCA, Athletes in Action and Campus Crusade for Christ, volunteering time to local high school chapters.

  • Planned and launched the “Main Event” outreach meeting. He gained commitments from 300 students to volunteer for the event along with members of the OSU Marching Band and Cheerleading Squad. The event drew over 13,000 people.


Why was the Wuerffel Trophy created?  We felt that there was a void in major college football awards. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel put it best when he wrote, “The Wuerffel. It’s about time. There’s an award for the best quarterback, best running back, wide receiver, best linebacker, best center and even best kicker and punter. Why not one for the best human being?”


Wuerffel Trophy
Tom Brassell, Executive Director
103 Pamela Ann Drive; Suite 100
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Email: tombrassell@wuerffeltrophy.org

Phone: 850-585-5512

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