And then there were nine.
On Tuesday the Wuerffel Trophy whittled down 98 nominees to the creme de la creme of semifinalists for College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.
Presented annually to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement, the semifinalists include Auburn defensive lineman Derrick Brown, Duke linebacker Koby Quansah, LSU long snapper Blake Ferguson, Texas A&M punter Braden Mann, Air Force quarterback Isaiah Sanders, Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, New Mexico offensive lineman Teton Saltes, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger and Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink.
“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.”
Lauded names such as Tim Tebow, Sam Acho, Matt Barkley and Trevor Knight have hoisted the Wuerffel trophy, which was named after the Fort Walton Beach High state champion who went on to win the 1996 Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida.
Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective university sports information departments and closed on Oct. 15. Finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 18.
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 formal announcement of the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy recipient is scheduled to be made on Dec. 10 at the National Football Foundation’s festivities in New York City. The presentation of the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 51st Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 7 on Okaloosa Island.