Rencher named to Wuerffel Watch List

CUTrevor 2020-07-23 14:57:27

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – July 23, 2020 – The Wuerffel Trophy announced its Watch List today of 114 players from college football’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The number is a record for the award since it first began releasing a watch list in 2015.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented each February in Fort Walton Beach. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world.

“It is so inspiring to see this record number of athletes being submitted for the award,” said Wuerffel. “These young men truly represent college football’s most impactful community service leaders. We are proud to honor them.”

Notable returnees to the Watch List include 2019 finalist Isaiah Sanders of Stanford (transferring for senior season of eligibility from USAF Academy) and semifinalists Teton Saltes of New Mexico and Sam Ehlinger of Texas.


Miller Forristall, Alabama, senior, tight end

Noah Hannon, App State, senior, offensive line

Colin Schooler, Arizona, senior, linebacker

Ethan Long, Arizona State, sophomore, tight end

Andre Harris, Jr., Arkansas State, junior, offensive line

Joe Stephenson, Army, senior, linebacker

Chandler Wooten, Auburn, senior, linebacker

Brandon Martin, Ball State, senior, linebacker

Terrel Bernard, Baylor, junior, linebacker

Donte Harrington, Boise State, senior, offensive line

Max Michel, Buffalo, sophomore, defensive line

Bracken El-Bakri, BYU, senior, defensive line

Michael Saffell, California, senior, offensive line

Tyriq Harris, Charlotte, senior, defensive line

Blake Bacevich, Cincinnati, sophomore, defensive line

Darien Rencher, Clemson, senior, running back

C.J. Brewer, Coastal Carolina, senior, defensive line

Colby Pursell, Colorado, junior, offensive line

Barry Wesley, Colorado State, junior, offensive line

Rakavius Chambers, Duke, senior, offensive line

Holton Ahlers, East Carolina, junior, quarterback

Thomas Odukoya, Eastern Michigan, senior, tight end

Dante Lang, Florida, sophomore, tight end

Jaiden Lars-Woodbey, Florida State, sophomore, defensive back

Eric Stokes, Georgia, junior, defensive back

Shai Werts, Georgia Southern, senior, quarterback

Jack DeFoor, Georgia Tech, senior, offensive line

Hekili Keliiliki, Hawai’i, junior, running back

Payton Turner, Houston, senior, defensive line

Doug Kramer, Illinois, senior, offensive line

Harry Crider, Indiana, senior, offensive line

Brock Purdy, Iowa State, junior, quarterback

Api Mane, Kansas, senior, offensive line

Chris Hughes, Kansas, senior, offensive line

Skylar Thompson, Kansas State, senior, quarterback

Dustin Crum, Kent State, senior, quarterback

Landon Young, Kentucky, senior, offensive line

Luke Fortner, Kentucky, senior, offensive line

Jalen Williams, Louisiana, senior, wide receiver

Joshua Mote, Louisiana Tech, junior, offensive line

Reeves Blankenship, Louisiana Tech, junior, long snapper

JaCoby Stevens, LSU, senior, defensive back

Brenden Knox, Marshall University, junior, running back

Jake Funk, Maryland, senior, running back

Brady White, Memphis, senior, quarterback

Zach McCloud, Miami, senior, linebacker

Jack Sorenson, Miami (Ohio), senior, wide receiver

Adam Shibley, Michigan, senior, linebacker

Asher O’Hara, Middle Tennessee State, junior, quarterback

Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, junior, quarterback

Kobe Jones, Mississippi State, senior, defensive line

Kobie Whiteside, Missouri, senior, defensive line

Cameron Kinley, Navy, senior, defensive back

Ben Stille, Nebraska, senior, defensive line

Lawson Hall, Nevada, senior, linebacker

Teton Saltes, New Mexico, senior, offensive line

Sage Doxtater, New Mexico State, senior, offensive line

Trenton Gill, North Carolina State, junior, punter

Deion Hair-Griffin, North Texas, senior, wide receiver/special teams

Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame, junior, defensive line

Master Teague III, Ohio State, sophomore, running back

Caleb Kelly, Oklahoma, senior, linebacker

Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State, junior, running back

Isaac Weaver, Old Dominion, senior, offensive line

Mac Brown, Ole Miss, senior, punter

Brady Breeze, Oregon, senior, defensive back

Isaac Hodgins, Oregon State, junior, defensive line

Jaydon Grant, Oregon State, junior, defensive back

Sean Clifford, Penn State, junior, quarterback

Patrick Jones II, Pitt, senior, defensive line

Grant Hermanns, Purdue, senior, offensive line

Christian Webb, San José State, senior, linebacker

Shane Buechele, SMU, senior, quarterback

Brian Ankerson, South Alabama, junior, offensive line

Dylan Wonnum, South Carolina, junior, offensive line

Swayze Bozeman, Southern Miss, senior, linebacker

Connor Wedington, Stanford, senior, wide receiver

Isaiah Sanders, Stanford, senior, quarterback

Treyjohn Butler, Stanford, senior, defensive back

Kingsley Jonathan, Syracuse, senior, defensive line

Garret Wallow, TCU, senior, linebacker

Kellton Hollins, TCU, senior, offensive line

Isaiah Graham-Mobley, Temple, senior, linebacker

Trey Smith, Tennessee, senior, offensive line

Sam Ehlinger, Texas, senior, quarterback

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M University, senior, quarterback

Zech McPhearson, Texas Tech, senior, defensive back

Bailey Flint, Toledo, senior, punter

Luke Whittemore, Troy, junior, wide receiver

Sorrell Brown, Tulane, sophomore, wide receiver

Akayleb Evans, Tulsa, junior, defensive back

Chris Paul, Tulsa, junior, offensive line

Wilson Beaverstock, UAB, sophomore, kicker

Samuel Jackson, UCF, junior, offensive line

Brian Keating, UConn, senior, long snapper

Cole McCubrey, UMass, senior, linebacker

Solomon Siskind, UMass, junior, tight end

Daniel Imatorbhebhe, USC, senior, tight end

KJ Sails, USF, senior, defensive back

Devin Lloyd, Utah, junior, linebacker

Justus Te’i, Utah State, senior, defensive line

Solomon Wise, UTSA, senior, linebacker

Andre Mintze, Vanderbilt, senior, linebacker

Dillon Reinkensmeyer, Virginia, senior, offensive line

Terrell Jana, Virginia, senior, wide receiver

Sage Surratt, Wake Forest, junior, wide receiver

Race Porter, Washington, senior, punter

Jarret Doege, West Virginia, junior, quarterback

Sam James, West Virginia, junior, wide receiver

Sean Mahone, West Virginia, senior, defensive back

Devon Key, Western Kentucky, senior, defensive back

Juwuan Jones, Western Kentucky, junior, defensive line

Mike Caliendo, Western Michigan, senior, offensive line

Madison Cone, Wisconsin, senior, defensive back

Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective universities’ Sports Information Departments and will close on October 15. A current list of nominees can be found at beginning on August 1.Semifinalists for the award will be announced on November 3 and finalists will be announced on November 23.

The formal announcement of the 2020 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation’s festivities in New York City on December 8. The presentation of the 2020 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 52nd All Sports Association Awards Banquet on February 19, 2021 in Fort Walton Beach.

Past recipients of the award are: Rudy Niswanger – LSU – 2005; Joel Penton – Ohio State – 2006; Paul Smith – Tulsa – 2008; Tim Tebow – Florida – 2008; Tim Hiller – Western Michigan – 2009; Sam Acho – Texas – 2010; Barrett Jones – Alabama – 2011; Matt Barkley – USC – 2012; Gabe Ikard – Oklahoma – 2013; Deterrian Shackelford – Ole Miss – 2014; Ty Darlington – Oklahoma – 2015; Trevor Knight – Texas A&M – 2016; Courtney Love – Kentucky – 2017; Drue Tranquill – Notre Dame – 2018; Jon Wassink – Western Michigan – 2019.

The Wuerffel Trophy is presented by Chick-fil-A® and is also supported by its corporate partners Dart Container Corporation/Solo Cup and Herff Jones.