Wuerffel Trophy Announces 2019 Nominees

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

For Immediate Release

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Oct. 25, 2019 - The Wuerffel Trophy, presented by the Chick-fil-A® Foundation, announces 98 college Football Bowl Subdivision player nominees for consideration for the 2019 national college football award 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. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Danny Wuerffel, from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy has honored over 1,200 nominees since its inception in 2005.

"We are so excited to announce that we have received 98 nominations for this year’s Wuerffel Trophy," said Danny Wuerffel. "With this year being the 15th anniversary of the Wuerffel Trophy and the 150th year of college football, we are honored to be able to bring to the forefront these young men who are doing great work serving others in their communities and 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 2019 Wuerffel Trophy nominees are listed alphabetically by university:

Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State University, senior, running back

Kyle Williams , Arizona State University, senior, wide receiver

Tajhea Chambers, Arkansas State University, junior, linebacker

Derrick Brown, Auburn University, senior, defensive line

Riley Miller, Ball State University, senior, wide receiver

Kole Bailey, Boise State University, junior, offensive line

Gabe Skrobot, Bowling Green State University, senior, long snapper

Uriah Leiataua , Brigham Young University, junior, defensive line

Sean Pollard, Clemson University, senior, offensive line

Sila Kelly, Coastal Carolina University, senior, linebacker

Adam Prentice , Colorado State University, junior, running back

Koby Quansah, Duke University, senior, linebacker

Alex Turner, East Carolina University, senior, defensive line

Brody Hoyin, Eastern Michigan University, senior, defensive back

Dante Cousart, Florida Atlantic University, junior, wide receiver

James Morgan , Florida International University, senior, quarterback

DeCalon Brooks, Florida State University, junior, linebacker

Jahaziel Lee, Georgia Tech University, senior, offensive line/defensive line

Nick Westbrook, Indiana University, senior, wide receiver

Ray Lima, Iowa State University, senior, defensive line

Denzel Goolsby, Kansas State University, senior, defensive back

Antwan Dixon, Kent State University, senior, wide receiver

Blake Ferguson, Louisiana State University, senior, long snapper

Courtney Wallace, Louisiana Tech University, senior, defensive line

Brenden Knox, Marshall University, sophomore, running back

Brian Lewerke , Michigan State University, senior, quarterback

Khalil Brooks, Middle Tennessee State University, senior, linebacker

Kobe Jones, Mississippi State University, junior, defensive line

James Smith-Williams, North Carolina State University, senior, defensive line

Joe Gaziano, Northwestern University, senior, defensive line

Jordan Fuller, Ohio State University, senior, defensive back

Matt Ammendola, Oklahoma State University, senior, kicker

Mufu Taiwo, Old Dominion University, senior, defensive line

Andrzej Hughes-Murray, Oregon State University, senior, linebacker

Blake Gillikin, Pennsylvania State University, senior, punter

Nick Leverett, Rice University, senior, offensive line

Parker Houston, San Diego State University, senior, tight end

Josh Love, San Jose State University, senior, quarterback.

Tyler Page, Southern Methodist University, junior, wide receiver

Treyjohn Butler, Stanford University, senior, defensive back

Andrew Armstrong, Syracuse University, senior, linebacker

Matt Hennessy, Temple University, junior, offensive line

Braden Mann, Texas A&M University, senior, punter

Kellton Hollins, Texas Christian University, junior, offensive line

Hunter "Hutch" White, Texas State University, senior, wide receiver/special teams

Travis Bruffy, Texas Tech University, senior, offensive line

Christian Montano, Tulane University, senior, offensive line

Isaiah Sanders, United States Air Force Academy, senior, quarterback

John Lako, University of Akron, senior, linebacker

Chris Owens, University of Alabama, junior, offensive line

Malcolm Holland, University of Arizona, senior, defensive back

T.J. Smith, University of Arkansas, senior, defensive line

Matt Otwinowski, University of Buffalo, senior, linebacker

Michael Saffell, University of California, junior, offensive line

Kelton Jordan Johnson, University of Central Florida, senior, offensive line

Matt Peart, University of Connecticut, senior, offensive line

Tyrie Cleveland, University of Florida, senior, wide receiver

Rodrigo Blankenship, University of Georgia, senior, kicker

Bobby Walker, University of Illinois, senior, tight end

Nate Stanley, University of Iowa, senior, quarterback

Bryce Torneden, University of Kansas, senior, defensive back

Landon Young, University of Kentucky, junior, offensive line

Deuce Wallace, University of Louisiana, junior, defensive back

Blanton Creque, University of Louisville, senior, kicker

Noah Barnes, University of Maryland, junior, tight end

Brady White, University of Memphis, junior, quarterback

Zach McCloud, University of Miami, senior, linebacker

Jordan Glasgow, University of Michigan, senior, linebacker

Winston DeLattiboudere, University of Minnesota, senior, defensive line

Mac Brown, University of Mississippi, senior, punter

Khalil Oliver, University of Missouri , senior, defensive back

Ben Stille, University of Nebraska, junior, defensive line

Lucas Weber, University of Nevada, senior, linebacker

Teton Saltes, University of New Mexico, junior, offensive line

Tyriq Harris, University of North Carolina Charlotte, senior , defensive line

Jalen Elliott, University of Notre Dame, senior, defensive back

Kenneth Murray, University of Oklahoma, junior, linebacker

Dallas Warmack, University of Oregon, senior, offensive line

Tre Tipton, University of Pittsburgh, senior, wide receiver

Brian Ankerson, University of South Alabama, junior, offensive line

Spencer Eason-Riddle, University of South Carolina , senior, linebacker

Michael Pittman, Jr., University of Southern California, senior, wide receiver

Trey Smith, University of Tennessee, junior, offensive line

Sam Ehlinger, University of Texas, junior, quarterback

Derron Gatewood, University of Texas El Paso, senior, offensive line

Andrew Martel, University of Texas San Antonio, senior, linebacker

Bryce Harris, University of Toledo, senior, offensive line

Britain Covey, University of Utah, junior, wide receiver/special teams

Bryce Hall, University of Virginia, senior, defensive back

Nick Harris, University of Washington, senior, offensive line

Chris Orr, University of Wisconsin, senior, linebacker

Dominik Eberle, Utah State University, senior, kicker

Andre Mintze, Vanderbilt University, senior, linebacker

Cade Carney, Wake Forest University, senior, running back

Frederick Mauigoa, Washington State University, senior, offensive line

George Campbell, West Virginia University, senior, wide receiver

Tyler Witt, Western Kentucky University, junior, offensive line

Jon Wassink, Western Michigan University, senior, quarterback Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective university Sports Information departments and closed on Oct. 15, 2019. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 5, 2019, and finalists announced on Nov. 18, 2019. The formal announcement of the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy recipient is scheduled to be made on Dec. 10, 2019 at the National Football Foundation's festivities in New York City.

The 2019 Wuerffel Trophy winner will be invited to attend The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Dec. 12, 2019, 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 Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation of the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 51st Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 7, 2020 in Fort Walton Beach.

Past winners of the Wuerffel Trophy are: 2018 Drue Tranquill, University of Notre Dame; 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 (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards boast more than 800 recipients, dating back to 1935. 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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Email: tombrassell@wuerffeltrophy.org

Phone: 850-585-5512

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