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The University of Tennessee has nominated Joshua Dobbs for the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy, according to Kellen Hiser, Assistant Director of Media Relations. The senior quarterback from Alpharetta HS (Alpharetta, GA) is a multi-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Dobbs volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity, Read Across America and is a special inspiration to young people hospitalized with alopecia.

Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy Winner, Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy, “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented in Fort Walton Beach, Florida annually to the college football player that best combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement.

Past winners of the award are: Rudy Niswanger – LSU – 2005; Joel Penton – Ohio State – 2006; Paul Smith – Tulsa – 2007; Tim Tebow – Florida – 2008; Tim Hiller – W. Michigan – 2009; Sam Acho – Texas – 2010; Barrett Jones – Alabama – 2011; Matt Barkley – USC – 2012; Gabe Ikard – Oklahoma – 2013; Deterrian Shackelford – Ole Miss and 2014 – Ty Darlington – Oklahoma – 2015.

The nomination period for the award ends October 14, with semi-finalists released on November 3 and finalists on November 23. Formal announcement of the winner will be at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City on December 6, with the presentation being made at the 48th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on February 10, 2017 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. A list of all of the 2016 nominees can be found HERE.

The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast over 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

For more information on the Wuerffel Trophy, please contact Tom Brassell at (850) 585-5512 or visit www.wuerffeltrophy.org.