FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — WKU Football senior defensive lineman Julien Lewis has
been named to the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday
morning. The Wuerffel Trophy is “College Football’s Premier Award for Community
Service” and is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community
service with athletic and academic achievement.
Lewis – who was recognized as the Male Athlete Community Outreach Award recipient at
the inaugural TOPSY Awards in April – is a leader on the field, in the classroom and
serving the community. The Madison, Ala., native has contributed his time and
support to a number of initiatives with the Hilltoppers, including Special Olympics
group visits to Houchens-Smith Stadium and Read Across Bowling Green.
On the field, Lewis appeared in all 13 games for the Hilltoppers last season,
starting the final seven on the defensive line. He recorded WKU’s lone field goal
block of the season when he tipped a 39-yard attempt by Charlotte on Oct. 14 to
preserve a scoreless second quarter. He also had a career-high two quarterback
hurries against the 49ers, finishing the year with five total. He had a career-high
seven tackles on Oct. 20 at Old Dominion in his first-career start, including a
tackle for loss.
He played in all 14 games as a sophomore, tallying 16 tackles (five solo) and 1.5
tackles for loss with a half-sack. He forced a pair of quarterback hurries, a fumble
in the Boca Raton Bowl and blocked an extra point attempt at Marshall which was
returned by WKU for two points. Lewis recorded three tackles against Houston Baptist
and FAU and his half-sack came against FIU.
One representative from 106 different programs across the country were added to the
initial Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. After a nomination process, semifinalists for
the award will be announced on November 1 and finalists will be announced on