Organizers for the Wuerffel Trophy announced today that running back Will Shipley has been named as one of 115 members on the 2022 watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, presented annually in recognition of community service. In addition to being a frequent community servant in the Upstate through Clemson’s P.A.W. Journey initiative, Shipley recently fundraised and, in May, presented a $10,000 check to Levine Children’s Hospital in his home metro area of Charlotte.
Additional information from award organizers is included below. Visit the 2022 Preseason Honors hub for more preseason accolades garnered by Clemson.
ATLANTA – July 28, 2022 – The Wuerffel Trophy, College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service, today announced its watch list of 115 players from college football’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is presented each February in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society and inspire greater service in the world.
“I continue to be impressed with the number of college football players who are achieving on the field and still dedicating time to make a positive impact in their community,” said Wuerffel. “The student-athletes on this watch list are positively impacting organizations throughout the country.”
Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective universities’ Sports Information Departments and will close on October 14. An up-to-date list of nominees can be found at www.wuerffeltrophy.org beginning on August 1. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on November 1, and finalists will be announced on November 22.
The formal announcement of the 2022 recipient is scheduled to be made on December 8, and the presentation of the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy will occur on February 24, 2023.
Past recipients of the award are Rudy Niswanger – LSU – 2005; Joel Penton – Ohio State – 2006; Paul Smith –Tulsa – 2007; 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 – 2016; Courtney Love – Kentucky - 2017; Drue Tranquill – Notre Dame – 2018; Jon Wassink - Western Michigan– 2019; Teton Saltes –New Mexico – 2020; Isaiah Sanders – Stanford– 2021 .
NCFAAThe Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
NCFAA Watch List CalendarThe members of the NCFAA are unveiling preseason watch lists over a two-week period. Sixteen of the association’s 25 awards are presenting their preseason watch list during this time as the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the 2022 preseason watch list calendar:
Mon., July 18: Maxwell AwardTues., July 19: Davey O’Brien AwardWed., July 20: Doak Walker AwardThurs., July 21: Biletnikoff AwardFriday, July 22: John Mackey Award/Rimington Trophy
Mon., July 25: Paycom Jim Thorpe Award/Butkus AwardTues., July 26: Outland Trophy/Bronko Nagurski TrophyWed., July 27: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy AwardThurs., July 28: Hornung Award/Wuerffel TrophyFriday, July 29: Walter Camp Award
Mon., Aug. 1: Bednarik Award
The Wuerffel Trophy is supported by its corporate partners Dart Container Corporation/Solo Cup and Herff Jones.
ABOUT THE WUERFFEL TROPHYEstablished in 2005, the Wuerffel Trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their impact, and inspire greater service in the world. A member of the National College Football Awards Association, the Wuerffel Trophy is presented annually to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field. It is the first major award honoring the character of service to others.
The Wuerffel Trophy is named after Heisman Trophy winner, College Football Hall of Famer, former NFL quarterback, and renowned humanitarian Danny Wuerffel, whose life mission is to inspire greater service in the world. Wuerffel led the University of Florida to four SEC Championships and the Gators’ first National Football Championship as the team’s star quarterback. The 1996 Heisman Trophy winner set 17 NCAA and Florida records and won a myriad of other awards including the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, and The William V. Campbell Trophy, presented to the nation’s top scholar-athlete. As a nationally recognized humanitarian, Wuerffel inspires leaders to use their influence to make a positive Impact and currently serves as President of the Wuerffel Foundation.
Player, University, Year, PositionJordan Battle, Alabama, Sr., DBMiller Gibbs, Appalachian State, Sr., TEJordan Morgan, Arizona , So., OLCase Hatch, Arizona State, Sr., RB/TECam Little, Arkansas, So., KEddie Smith, Arkansas State, Jr., DBMarquel Broughton, Army, Sr., DBNick Brahms, Auburn, Sr., OLBrandon Martin, Ball State, Sr., LBBen Sims, Baylor, Sr., TEJohn Ojukwu, Boise State, Sr., OLTaji Johnson, Boston College. Jr., WRAustin Osborne, Bowling Green, Sr., WRMatt McDonald, Bowling Green, Sr., QBMax Michel, Buffalo, Sr., DLTyler Batty, BYU, So., DLMatthew Cindric, Cal, Sr., OLTrey Paster, Cal, Jr., LBKendrick Blake Jr., Charlotte, Jr., WRWilson Huber, Cincinnati, Sr., LBWill Shipley, Clemson, So., RBJoshka Gustav, Colorado, So., LBA’Jon Vivens, Colorado State, Sr., RBDeWayne Carter, Duke, Jr., DLHolton Ahlers, East Carolina, Sr., QBTariq Speights, Eastern Michigan, Sr., LBShykieim Pace, FIU, So., DLNay’Quan Wright, Florida, Jr., RBDillan Gibbons, Florida State, Sr., OLJalen Cropper, Fresno State, Sr., WRKearis Jackson, Georgia, Sr., WR/STMyles Sims, Georgia Tech, Jr., DBJonah Kahahawai-Welch, Hawai’i, Sr., DLDonavan Mutin, Houston, Sr., LBTailon Leitzsey, Illinois, Sr., DBJack Tuttle, Indiana, Sr., QBAnthony Johnson Jr., Iowa State, Sr., DBSam Burt, Kansas, Sr., DLWill Howard, Kansas State, Jr., QBIsaac Vance, Kent State, Sr., WRJalen Geiger, Kentucky, Jr., DBChris Smith, Louisiana, Jr., RBJoshua Mote, Louisiana Tech, Sr., OLAli Gaye, LSU, Sr., DLMike Jones Jr., LSU, Sr., LBRasheen Ali, Marshall, So., RBTyriek Bell, Marshall, Sr., LBAnthony Pecorella, Maryland, Sr., PQuindell Johnson, Memphis, Sr., DBClay James, Miami, Jr., LSBlake Corum, Michigan, Jr., RBTre Mosley, Michigan State, Sr., WRJordan Ferguson, Middle Tennessee, Sr., DLTanner Morgan, Minnesota, Sr., QBAustin Williams, Mississippi State, Sr., WRBarrett Banister, Missouri, Sr., WRBijan Nichols, Navy, Sr., KChristopher Toudle, NC State, Jr., TEEthan Piper, Nebraska, Jr., OLChristian Swint, Nevada , Sr., DBLuke Wysong, New Mexico, So., WRCarson Pharris, New Mexico State, So., OLNick Rattin, Northern Illinois, Jr., LBJack Kiser, Notre Dame, Jr., LBKam Babb, Ohio State, Jr. WRMarvin Mims, Oklahoma, Jr., WRBrendon Evers, Oklahoma State, Sr., DLB.R. Hatcher, Old Dominion, Jr., LSKD Hill , Ole Miss, Sr., DLAlex Austin, Oregon State, So., DBSean Clifford, Penn State, Sr., QBDeslin Alexandre, Pittsburgh, Sr., DLAidan O’Connell, Purdue, Sr., QBIkenna Enechukwu, Rice, Jr., DLMayan Ahanotu, Rutgers, Sr., DLMichael Shawcroft, San Diego State, Sr., LBChevan Cordeiro, San Jose State, Jr., QBTerrance Newman, SMU, Sr., DLKeith Gallmon Jr., South Alabama, Sr., DBMarShawn Lloyd, South Carolina, So., RBSwayze Bozeman, Southern Miss, Sr., LBJohn Humphreys, Stanford, Jr., WRPatrick Fields, Stanford, Sr., DBTanner McKee, Stanford, Jr., QBAaron Bolinsky, Syracuse, Sr., LSAndrew Coker, TCU, Jr., OLIsaac Moore, Temple, Sr., OLJacob Warren, Tennessee, Sr., TEBijan Robinson, Texas, Jr., RBLayden Robinson, Texas A&M, Jr., OLMicah Hilts, Texas State, Jr., TETony Bradford Jr., Texas Tech, Sr., DLMitchell Berg, Toledo, Sr., OLCraig Slocum Jr., Troy, Sr., DBNick Anderson, Tulane, Sr., LBDavis Brin, Tulsa, Sr., QBSidney Wells, UAB, Sr., OLIsaiah Bowser, UCF, Sr. , RBChase Griffin, UCLA, Jr., QBRobert Burns, UConn, Sr., RBEllis Merriweather, UMass, Sr., RBCaleb Williams, USC, So., QBAntonio Grier, USF, Sr., LBDalton Kincaid, Utah, Sr., TEAndre Grayson, Utah State, Sr., DBDeion Hankins, UTEP, So., RBFrank Harris, UTSA, Sr., QBBen Bresnahan, Vanderbilt, Sr., TEChayce Chalmers, Virginia, Jr., DBIsaiah Chaney, Wake Forest, So., DLAlex Cook, Washington, Sr., DBTravion Brown, Washington State, Jr., LBZach Frazier, West Virginia, Jr., OLJuwuan Jones, Western Kentucky, Sr., DLBoone Bonnema, Western Michigan, So., LB