FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Senior wide receiver Mitchell Juergens was named a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy on Thursday, representing BYU football for the prestigious award.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Juergens, a former walk-on, had a breakout year in 2015. He was one of five BYU receivers with 35+ receptions and 450+ yards. He finished the year with 471 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 37 catches. This year he has 20 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown. Over his career, Juergens has 1,088 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He is one of 94 players considered for college football’s top community service award.
The Southeastern Conference led all conferences nominating 14 players. The ACC followed with 12, while the Big 10 and Conference USA submitted 10 each. Along with the Big 12, the Mountain West had a record nine nominations, the American Athletic submitted 8, the PAC 12 had seven while the Sun Belt and MAC had six nominees each. In addition, all three Independent universities submitted nominations. All FBS conferences are represented on the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy nominee list.
Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective university sports information departments and closed on Oct. 14, 2016. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 3, 2016, and finalists announced on Nov. 23, 2016. The formal announcement of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be on Dec. 6, 2016, at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City.
The 2016 Wuerffel Trophy winner will be interviewed at “The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show” on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Dec. 8, 2016, airing at 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST, featuring interviews with award winners and finalists as they approach The Home Depot College Football Awards Show, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 48th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 10, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach.