Mr. Paul Smith
The University of Tulsa
December 4, 2007
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla – Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith has been named the winner of the third annual Wuerffel Trophy by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach.
The Wuerffel Trophy is presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Smith was named a first-team Academic All-America while maintaining a 3.84 GPA in communication.
On the field he was equally impressive throwing for a Conference USA record 4,327 yards and 39 touchdowns while passing for more than 300 yards in each of Tulsa’s regular season games. Smith was named the Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Year and garnered first-team All-Conference honors at quarterback.
Smith led the Golden Hurricane to a berth in the Conference USA championship game against Central Florida where he threw for an additional 426 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith then led Tulsa to a 63-7 win over Bowling Green in the GMAC Bowl on January 6, 2008, and earning game MVP honors along the way. Under Smith’s leadership in 2007, Tulsa to become the first NCAA school to have a 5,000 yard passer, a 1,000 yard rusher, and three 1,000 yard receivers.
“We are all thrilled to find out you won because this is an incredible, incredible year with so many finalists that are so deserving,” Wuerffel told Smith on Monday. “We are just thrilled to death to announce that you are the winner. My family and I are proud that you will be representing our family as the winner of the Wuerffel Trophy.
“In fact, both my mom (Lola) and dad (Jon), at different points made the comment that of all the candidates you reminded them the most of me. I don’t know whether that was good or bad, but according to them that was good, so congratulations Paul.” Smith said he was excited and humbled to join past winners LSU’s Rudy Niswanger and Ohio State’s Joel Penton as a Wuerffel Trophy winner.
Major: Arts and Sciences
Academic Awards & Honors:
- Selected as a 2007 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete recipient and finalist for the Draddy Trophy
- Earned 2006 ESPN The Magazine second-team Academic All-American honors
- Named to 2006 Conference USA 11-member Football Academic Team
- Named the 2006 C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Football
- Named to 2007 AFCA Good Works Team
- 2006 Wuerffel Trophy Award finalist
- Named to Dean’s List seven of eight semesters
- Position: Quarterback
- Starter: Yes
- Number of Years as Starter: 3
Athletic Awards & Honors:
- Holds school career records for total offense yards (9,348), most 300+ yard passing games (8), most consecutive 300+ yard passing games (7).
- Ranked third in the nation among all QB’s for points responsible for (24.0), total offense (366.3), total passing yards (2,864) and passing yards per game (358.0)
- Set career bests in 2007 of 454 yards and 5 touchdowns passing against BYU.
Position Coach: Gus Malzahn
Head Coach: Todd Graham
Community Service Activities:
- 2005-07 Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) President
- 1/08/07 Tulsa Union High School, guest speaker
- 1/14/07 Owasso First Assembly of God, guest speaker
- 1/24/07 Bishop Kelley FCA meeting, guest speaker
- 2/04/07 Southern Hills Baptist in Tulsa, guest speaker
- 2/04/07 Broadway Baptist Church in Sand Springs, Superbowl Party, guest speaker
- 2/10/07 FCA Game Day @ Tulsa 66ers basketball game, guest speaker
- 2/15/07 Tulsa Memorial High School FCA 5th Quarter meeting, guest speaker
- 2/18/07 Boston Ave Methodist Church, guest speaker
- 3/01/07 International Fellowship of Christian Businessmen, Tulsa Chapter, guest speaker
- 4/22/07 Woodland Acres Baptist Church, Tulsa, guest speaker
- 4/29/07 Arrow Heights Baptist Church, Broken Arrow, guest speaker
- 5/06/07 Chouteau High School Baccalaureate Service at Word Fellowship Church, guest speaker
- 6/02 – 6/07/07 Volunteer worker at FCA Tulsa Inner-City Camp
- 6/03/07 Baptist Chapel in Owasso, guest speaker, led praise and worship
- 6/07/07 FCA Tulsa Inner-City Camp, guest speaker
- Sept-Oct. 2007 Let FCA Huddle Groups at Caney Valley High School and Bishop Kelley High School
- Oct 2007 See You at the Poll, Owasso Youth Church Night, guest speaker
- 9/22/07 Participated in Habitat for Humanity Build Project, building the foundation of a home
- During the school year, led Praise and Worship Huddle at FCA meeting every Tuesday
- Speaker at Worship on Wednesday (WOW) at Campus Chapel
- Appearances at local elementary schools
- Visited local hospital children’s wards
Level of Service:
- Paul’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 4 years.
- Coach Graham wouldn’t trade him for anything. But it’s not just the football field where Paul’s excels. He possessed a 3.84 GPA in communication and graduated in Dec. 2007.
- His involvement in community service is strongly centered around his faith and his work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
- He is an outstanding role model to the younger generation. Chris Kaiser, the Northeast Oklahoma FCA Area Director, has stated that he has worked with hundreds of volunteers and Paul is among the top 3 and possibly TOPS because the demand for Paul’s appearance is so great.