Conference Had Highest Number of Student-Athletes Named to Wuerffel List
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Atlantic Coast Conference had 15 football student-athletes named to the watch list—the most of any conference nationally-- for the Wuerffel Trophy, College Football’s premier award for community service, the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., announced Wednesday.
Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
The Atlantic Coast Conference led all conferences with 15 players appearing on the 2015 watch list. Following the ACC are the Big 12 with 10 players, the American Athletic and Sun Belt with nine each, the SEC and the PAC-12 with eight each, the Big 10 and Conference-USA with five each, and the MAC and Mountain West with four each.
Pitt was the only school in the nation to have three players named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List with 2014 ACC Player of the Year James Conner, quarterback Chad Voytik and offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty all earning selection.
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 ACC members of the 2015 preseason Danny Wuerffel Trophy Watch List are:
Justin Simmons Boston College CB 6-3201 Sr. Stuart, Fla.
Kelby Brown Duke LB 6-2230 Sr.-R Mattahews, N.C.
Roberto Aguayo Florida State PK 6-1204 Jr.-R Mascotte, Fla.
KeShun Freeman Georgia Tech DE 6-1236 So. LaGrange, Ga.
James Burgess Louisville LB 6-0229 Sr. Homestead, Fla.
Dallas Crawford Miami S 5-10200 Sr.-R Ft. Myers, Fla.
Shakeel Rashad North Carolina LB 6-2245 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Tony Adams NC State G 6-2318 So. Charlotte, N.C.
Adam Bisnowaty Pitt T 6-6300 Jr.-R Pittsburgh, Pa.
Chad Voytik Pitt QB 6-1215 Jr.-R Cleveland, Tenn.
James Conner Pitt RB 6-2240 Jr. Erie, Pa.
Riley Dixon Syracuse P 6-5222 Sr. Blossvale, N.Y.
Demetrious Nicholson Virginia CB 5-11185 Sr.-R Virginia Beach, Va.
Luther Maddy Virginia Tech DT 6-1293 Sr.-R Delray Beach, Fla.
Ryan Janvion Wake Forest SS 5-11190 Jr.-R Pembroke Pines, Fla.