ACC has 15 on Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

accThe 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:


Player                                     School                        Pos.   Ht.        Wt.        Cl.               Hometown

Justin Simmons                   Boston College        CB       6-3        201         Sr.               Stuart, Fla.

Kelby Brown                        Duke                           LB       6-2        230         Sr.-R          Mattahews, N.C.

Roberto Aguayo                 Florida State             PK       6-1        204         Jr.-R           Mascotte, Fla.

KeShun Freeman               Georgia Tech           DE       6-1        236         So.              LaGrange, Ga.

James Burgess                    Louisville                    LB       6-0        229         Sr.               Homestead, Fla.

Dallas Crawford                  Miami                         S          5-10     200         Sr.-R          Ft. Myers, Fla.

Shakeel  Rashad                 North Carolina         LB       6-2        245         Sr.               Jacksonville, Fla.

Tony Adams                         NC State                    G         6-2        318         So.              Charlotte, N.C.

Adam Bisnowaty                Pitt                               T          6-6        300         Jr.-R           Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chad Voytik                          Pitt                               QB      6-1        215         Jr.-R           Cleveland, Tenn.

James Conner                     Pitt                               RB       6-2        240         Jr.               Erie, Pa.

Riley Dixon                            Syracuse                    P         6-5        222         Sr.               Blossvale, N.Y.

Demetrious Nicholson     Virginia                       CB       5-11     185         Sr.-R          Virginia Beach, Va.

Luther Maddy                     Virginia Tech            DT       6-1        293         Sr.-R          Delray Beach, Fla.

Ryan Janvion                        Wake Forest            SS       5-11     190         Jr.-R           Pembroke Pines, Fla.

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