2005 Winner - Rudy Niswanger of Louisiana State University

December 1, 2005

The All Sports Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2005 Wuerffel Trophy is Rudy Niswanger

of Louisiana State University. Rudy is an excellent representation of the values associated with the Wuerffel Trophy,

and will be looked upon in future years as a wonderful inaugural recipient of the award.

On Monday November 28, 2005 with the assistance of LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette, Danny

Wuerffel personally phoned Rudy (he was in Coach Miles’ office at the time) to inform him that he had been

selected as the winner and to tell him how proud he was of him. It was a very moving moment to say the least.

Rudy Niswanger’s Resume:


Major: Pre-Medicine (Kinesiology)
GPA 4.0
Year: Senior

Academic Awards & Honors:

  • National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete recipient 2005

  • ESPN the Magazine’s First Team Academic All-America 2004

  • Three time SEC Academic Honor Roll

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with the University Medal May 2005

  • Accepted to LSU Medical School

  • Scored 33 on the MCAT & ranked in the top 8% nationally



Position: Center
Starter: Yes
Number of Years as Starter: 2


Athletic Awards & Honors:

  • 2005 Rimington Trophy, nominee


Athletic Achievements:

  • 2 year starter, has played all five positions on the offensive line for LSU

  • Key member of LSU’s 2003 BCS National Title Team

  • Played on the 2003 SEC Title Team

  • Has been a member of 4 January Bowl Games

Position Coach: Stacey Searles
Head Coach: Les Miles



Community Service Activities:

  • Member 2005 LSU Football Unity Council

  • Member of the Chapel on Campus and Campus Crusade for Christ

  • In the process of developing POP – a player outreach program for LSU student-athletes to participate in community endeavors such as mentoring at area schools

  • Guest Speaker, Cub Scouts of America 2004

  • Baton Rouge Service Learning Program 2004; assisted fifth graders with preparing for the Leap Test- a requirement to move to sixth grade

  • Boys Hope – Summer 2003; volunteered time 3 days a week to work with the children, take them to special events and play with them at the YMCA

  • Guest Speaker, Summer Group 2003 – spoke to a youth summer group about the importance of healthy eating, academics and athletics

  • Guest Speaker Chapel on the Campus Youth – July 2005

  • Guest Speaker Florida Blvd Baptist Church Men’s Retreat Night – February 2005

  • Guest Speaker Forsythe Avenue Church of Christ Youth Group, Monroe – May 2004

  • Guest Speaker, Many High School Pre-season Camp dinner – 2004

  • Champs Halloween Boozar 2002-2005 – sponsored by the Athletic Department, LSU athletes volunteer their time to interact with the community on Halloween Night; sign autographs, give out candy and play games with children

  • Volunteered time at area shelters following Hurricane Katrina, provide emotional support to the survivors and welcome them to Baton Rouge

  • Organized clothing and bedding drive to support the Hurricane Katrina evacuees that were house in the Maddox Field House


Level of Service:

  • Visits local Children’s Hospitals on Bowl Trips

  • Participates in programs that pairs athletes with underprivileged children for the day during a Bowl event

  • Combines excellence in the classroom, on the football field and in the community

  • A devote Christian, puts God first in all that he does

  • Volunteers countless hours visiting local schools speaking about the importance of education

  • A true team player – always willing to play the position he is needed in most

  • A team leader and spokesperson who exemplifies all that is good about a college athlete

  • Opted to delay medical school for one year in order to fulfill is 5 year commitment to LSU

  • A true role-model for those around him and those he helps, Rudy represents LSU and the football program in first-class fashion


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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