FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — WKU Football earned its 10th preseason awards recognition
Tuesday morning, as quarterback Mike White was named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch
List, the All Sports Association announced. He is one of 108 FBS student-athletes to
be listed as initial candidates.
It is the third honor in the past week for White, who also appears on the Maxwell
Trophy Watch List and was voted the Conference USA Preseason Offensive Player of the
Year by the league’s coaches.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community
Service,” is presented annually. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback
Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the award honors the FBS player who
best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Between the lines, he ranked in the top 10 nationally in completion percentage
(67.3, eighth), passing yards (4,363, fifth) and touchdowns (37, eighth), while
boasting the third-best passer rating (181.4) and the second-best yards per attempt
mark (10.5) in 2016.
In the Bowling Green community, White has spent time volunteering with such programs
as the Special Olympics and visiting elementary schools to promote the importance of
reading, having a good attitude and working hard in the classroom. During the spring
semester, the team combined for 640 community service hours as a part of the
Hilltoppers With Heart program.
Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective universities’ sports
information departments. Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 2 and
finalists will be announced Nov. 22. The formal presentation of the 2017 recipient
will be made at the National Football Foundation’s press conference Dec. 5 in New
Hilltoppers on National Watch Lists
* DB Joe Brown: Jim Thorpe Award (Top defensive back)
* P Jake Collins: Ray Guy Award (Top punter)
* OL Dennis Edwards: Rimington Trophy (Top center)
* WR/PR Nacarius Fant: Paul Hornung Award (Most versatile)
* K Skyler Simcox: Lou Groza Award (Top kicker)
* WR/KR Kylen Towner: C-USA Preseason Special Teams POY
* DB Marcus Ward: AFCA Good Works Team
* QB Mike White: C-USA Preseason Offensive POY, Maxwell Award (Top player),
Wuerffel Trophy (Community service)
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