This morning, UCLA linebacker Kenny Young was named to the watch list for this year’s Wuerffel Trophy. While it is Young’s third preseason honor, it may be the most impressive yet and it seems fitting for the last Bruin football player to wear number 42.
The Wuerffel Trophy is presented to the FBS (formerly Division 1) football player that best combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement.
Many college football awards honor players for their play on the field, but the Wuerffel Trophy was created after Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel wrote, “The Wuerffel. It’s about time. There’s an award for the best quarterback, best running back, wide receiver, best linebacker, best center and even best kicker and punter. Why not one for the best human being?” The Wuerffel Trophy is the only major college football award that places the majority of its voting emphasis on Community Service.
The Wuerffel Trophy is named after former University of Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, who after spending six seasons in the NFL now serves as the Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans, a faith-based, non-profit organization in one of America’s toughest and poorest neighborhoods, where he has led the ministry’s transition following Hurricane Katrina.