Wuerffel Trophy Announces 2021 Finalists

The three finalists are named for College Football’s Top Community Service Award

 

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – November 23, 2021 – The Wuerffel Trophy announced today its finalists for their 2021 award.
 
The finalists are (alphabetically by university):
  • Isaiah Sanders, Stanford University, senior, quarterback
  • Nakobe Dean, University of Georgia, junior, linebacker
  • Patrick Fields, University of Oklahoma, senior, defensive back
 
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 from the University of Florida, Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world. The award has honored over 1,400 nominees since its inception in 2005.
 
 
“One of the hardest things for our selection committee to do is to narrow down the 90 FBS nominees to just three Wuerffel Trophy finalists, and this year was no exception,” said Danny Wuerffel. “We are so excited for these deserving student athletes who prioritize serving others while achieving on the field and in the classroom.  Congratulations to Isaiah, Nakobe and Patrick for being named 2021 Wuerffel Trophy finalists.”‚Äč
 
 
The formal announcement of the 2021 recipient will be made on December 9 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN and the presentation of the 2021 Wuerffel Trophy will occur on February 25, 2022 at the 53rd All Sports Association Awards Banquet in Fort Walton Beach.
 
 
Past recipients of the award are: Rudy Niswanger – Louisiana State University – 2005; Joel Penton – Ohio State University – 2006; Paul Smith – University of Tulsa – 2007; Tim Tebow – University of Florida – 2008; Tim Hiller – Western Michigan University – 2009; Sam Acho – University of Texas – 2010; Barrett Jones – University of Alabama – 2011; Matt Barkley – University of Southern California – 2012; Gabe Ikard – University of Oklahoma – 2013; Deterrian Shackelford – University of Mississippi – 2014; Ty Darlington – University of Oklahoma – 2015; Trevor Knight – Texas A&M University – 2016; Courtney Love – University of Kentucky – 2017; Drue Tranquill – University of Notre Dame – 2018; Jon Wassink -Western Michigan University – 2019; Teton Saltes – University of New Mexico – 2020.
 
 
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 now boast more than 800 recipients, dating back to 1935. For more information on the NCFAA, visit NCFAA.org.
 
 
The Wuerffel Trophy is supported by its corporate partners Dart Container Corporation/Solo Cup and Herff Jones.
 
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ABOUT THE WUERFFEL TROPHY 
Established in 2005, the Wuerffel Trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their impact, and inspire greater service in the world.  A member of the National College Football Awards Association, the Wuerffel Trophy is presented annually to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field.  It is the first major award honoring the character of service to others.
 
 
The Wuerffel Trophy is named after Heisman Trophy winner, College Football Hall of Famer, former NFL quarterback, and renowned humanitarian Danny Wuerffel, whose life mission is to inspire greater service in the world. Wuerffel led the University of Florida to four SEC Championships and the Gators’ first National Football Championship as the team’s star quarterback. The 1996 Heisman Trophy winner set 17 NCAA and Florida records and won a myriad of other awards including the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, and The William V. Campbell Trophy, presented to the nation’s top scholar-athlete. As a nationally recognized humanitarian, Wuerffel inspires leaders to use their influence to make a positive impact.
 
WUERFFEL TROPHY CONTACT
Tom Brassell, tombrassell@wuerffeltrophy.org
 
DANNY WUERFFEL CONTACT
Shannon Donohue, wuerffelfoundation@berkcommunications.com
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