Wuerffel Trophy Announces 2018 Nominees

Updated: Oct 24, 2018

103 Players Considered for College Football's Top Community Service Award

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Oct. 22, 2018 - The Wuerffel Trophy, presented by the Chick-fil-A Foundation®, announces that 103 college Football Bowl Subdivision player nominees for consideration of the 2018 trophy that recognizes community service.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service," is presented annually to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. The Wuerffel Trophy, now in its 14th year, is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Danny Wuerffel, from the University of Florida.

"It's so exciting to see that we've received 103 nominations for the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy," said Danny Wuerffel. " Our country is filled with high quality, high character young men playing college football, and our mission is to shine the spotlight on them and all the great work they do in their communities and, in some cases, around the world."

Voting for the Wuerffel Trophy is performed by a national selection committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients.

The 2018 Wuerffel Trophy nominees are listed alphabetically by university:

MyQuon Stout, Appalachian State University, senior, defensive line Manny Wilkins, Arizona State University, senior, quarterback Justice Hansen, Arkansas State University, senior, quarterback Derrick Brown, Auburn University, junior, defensive line Riley Neal, Ball State University, junior, quarterback Brett Rypien, Boise State University, senior, quarterback Zach Allen, Boston College, senior, defensive line Gabe Skrobot, Bowling Green State University, sophomore, long snapper Adam Pulsipher, Brigham Young University, senior, linebacker Sean Pollard, Clemson University, junior, offensive line Adam Prentice, Colorado State University, sophomore, running back Johnathan Lloyd, Duke University, senior, wide receiver Garrett Blaine McGhin, East Carolina University, senior, offensive line Jeremy Hickey, Eastern Michigan University, senior, offensive line

Gerald Hearns, Florida Atlantic University, senior, running back/special teams James Morgan, Florida International University, junior, quarterback Alec Eberle, Florida State University, senior, offensive line Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State University, senior, quarterback Penny Hart, Georgia State University, senior, wide receiver Brad Stewart, Georgia Tech University, senior, wide receiver Ricky Brookins, Indiana University, senior, running back Dalton Risner, Kansas State University, senior, offensive line Matt Bahr, Kent State University, senior, linebacker Blake Ferguson, Louisiana State University, junior, long snapper Shane Carpenter, Louisiana Tech University, senior, offensive line Chase Hancock, Marshall University, senior, linebacker Khari Willis, Michigan State University, senior, defensive back Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State University, senior, quarterback Gerri Green, Mississippi State, senior, defensive line A.J. Cole, III, North Carolina State University, senior, punter Max Scharping, Northern Illinois University, senior, offensive line

Tommy Doles, Northwestern University, senior, offensive line Jordan Fuller, Ohio State University, junior, defensive back Javon Hagan, Ohio University, junior, defensive back Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion University, senior, defensive line Trevon Bradford, Oregon State University, sophomore, wide receiver Trace McSorley, Pennsylvania State University, senior, quarterback David Blough, Purdue University, senior, quarterback Jack Fox, Rice University, senior, punter/kicker

Ron Smith, San Diego State University, junior, defensive back Bryce Crawford, San Jose State University, senior, punter/kicker Jordan Wyatt, Southern Methodist University, senior, defensive back Alameen Murphy, Stanford University, senior, defensive back Kielan Whitner, Syracuse University, senior, linebacker Frank Nutile, Temple University, senior, quarterback Riley Garner, Texas A&M University, senior, linebacker Ben Banogu, Texas Christian University, senior, defensive line Tyler Watts, Texas State University, senior, wide receiver Dakota Allen, Texas Tech University, senior, linebacker Damion Willis, Troy University, senior, wide receiver John Leglue, Tulane University, senior, offensive line Andrew Wood, United States Naval Academy, senior, offensive line Hale Hentges, University of Alabama, senior, tight end Craig Kanyangarara, University of Alabama Birmingham, senior, linebacker Malcolm Holland, University of Arizona, junior, defensive back Hjaite Froholdt, University of Arkansas, senior, offensive line James O'Hagan, University of Buffalo, senior, offensive line Patrick Laird, University of California, senior, running back Juwan Foggie, University of Charlotte, senior, linebacker Garrett Campbell, University of Cincinnati, senior, offensive line Nick Fisher, University of Colorado, senior, defensive back Matt Peart, University of Connecticut, junior, offensive line Fred Johnson, University of Florida, senior, offensive line Rodrigo Blankenship, University of Georgia, junior, kicker Noah Borden, University of Hawaii, senior, long snapper Mulbah Car, University of Houston, junior, running back Nick Allegretti, University of Illinois, senior, offensive line Parker Hesse, University of Iowa, senior, defensive line Joe Dineen, Jr., University of Kansas, senior, linebacker C.J. Conrad, University of Kentucky, senior, tight end Patrick Taylor, University of Memphis, junior, running back Demetrius Jackson, University of Miami, senior, defensive line

Karan Higdon, University of Michigan, senior, running back Emmit Carpenter, University of Minnesota, senior, kicker Javon Patterson, University of Mississippi, senior, offensive line Corey Fatony, University of Missouri, senior, punter Freedom Akinmoladun, University of Nebraska, senior, offensive line Ty Gangi, University of Nevada, senior, quarterback Darren Woods, Jr., University of Nevada Las Vegas, junior, wide receiver Kyle Murphy, University of North Carolina, senior, long snapper Quinn Shanbour, University of North Texas, senior, quarterback Drue Tranquill, University of Notre Dame, senior, linebacker Caleb Kelly, University of Oklahoma, junior, linebacker Justin Herbert, University of Oregon, junior, quarterback Darrin Hall, University of Pittsburgh, senior, running back Sean Grayer, University of South Alabama, senior, defensive line T.J. Brunson, University of South Carolina, junior, linebacker Jaymon Thomas, University of South Florida, senior, defensive back Jake Olson, University of Southern California, junior, long snapper Picasso Nelson, Jr., University of Southern Mississippi senior, defensive back Kyle Phillips, University of Tennessee, senior, defensive line Collin Johnson, University of Texas, junior, wide receiver Kalaii Griffin, University of Texas El Paso, junior, linebacker Jalen Rhodes, University of Texas San Antonio, senior, running back Cody Thompson, University of Toledo, senior, wide receiver Willie Wright, University of Tulsa, senior, offensive line Chase Hansen, University of Utah, senior, linebacker Tevis Bartlett, University of Washington, senior, linebacker D'Cota Dixon, University of Wisconsin, senior, defensive back Jacoby Wildman, Utah State University, junior, defensive line Ricky Walker, Virginia Tech University, senior, defensive line Peyton Pelluer, Washington State University, senior, linebacker Will Grier, West Virginia University, senior, quarterback Julien Lewis, Western Kentucky University, senior, defensive line Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan University, senior, running back

Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective university Sports Information departments and closed on Oct. 12, 2018. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 1, 2018, and finalists announced on Nov. 19, 2018. The formal announcement of the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy recipient is scheduled to be made on Dec. 4, 2018 at the National Football Foundation's press conference in New York City.

The 2018 Wuerffel Trophy winner will be invited to attend The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Dec. 6, 2018, airing at 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST, featuring interviews with award winners and finalists as they approach The Home Depot College Football Awards Show, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation of the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 50th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 15, 2019, in Fort Walton Beach.

Past winners of the Wuerffel Trophy are: 2017 Courtney Love, University of Kentucky; 2016 Trevor Knight, Texas A&M University; 2015 Ty Darlington, University of Oklahoma; 2014 Deterrian Shackelford, University of Mississippi; 2013 Gabe Ikard, University of Oklahoma; 2012 Matt Barkley, University of Southern California; 2011 Barrett Jones, University of Alabama; 2010 Sam Acho, University of Texas; 2009 Tim Hiller, Western Michigan University; 2008 Tim Tebow, University of Florida; 2007 Paul Smith, University of Tulsa; 2006 Joel Penton, Ohio State University; and 2005 Rudy Niswanger, Louisiana State University.

The Wuerffel Trophy is presented by the Chick-fil-A Foundation®, the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc. A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation's purpose is to lead the company's commitment to support youth and education in Chick-fil-A's local communities. The Foundation's work is focused on developing and educating young people so they can build a positive legacy and become all they can be. For more information, visit http://www.chick-fil-afoundation.org/.

The Wuerffel Trophy is also supported by its corporate partners, Dart Container Corporation/Solo Cup Company and Herff Jones.

The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association, which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 24 awards boast more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. For more information, go to www.NCFAA.org.

For more information on the Wuerffel Trophy, visit www.wuerffeltrophy.org.

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Contact: Tom Brassell, tombrassell@wuerffeltrophy.org, 850-585-5512


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?”


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