Wuerffel Trophy Announces 2019 Semifinalists

Nine Players Named Semifinalists for College Football's Top Community Service Award

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – November 5, 2019 - The Wuerffel Trophy, presented by the Chick-fil-A® Foundation, announced today its semifinalists for the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy.

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.

“Once again this year demonstrates how many first-class young men are out there doing tremendous work in their communities,” said Danny Wuerffel. “It was an extremely difficult job that we had narrowing the list down to only nine semifinalists. These men represent the best of the best.”

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 semifinalists are listed alphabetically by university:

Derrick Brown, Auburn University, senior, defensive line

Koby Quansah, Duke University, senior, linebacker

Blake Ferguson, Louisiana State University, senior, long snapper

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

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

Rodrigo Blankenship, University of Georgia, senior, kicker

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

Sam Ehlinger, University of Texas, junior, quarterback

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. Finalists for the award will be 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