Boston College defensive back Justin Simmons was named to the Wuerffel Trophy Award Watch List today. Named after Florida quarterback Danny Wuerrfel, the award is given out to:
The Wuerffel Trophy is college football's premier award for community service. The All Sports Association presents the Wuerffel Trophy to the Football Bowl Subdivision football player who best exhibits exemplary community service, along with qualifying academic and athletic achievement.
Simmons, a senior, was a vital part of BC's defense last year and looks to be an integral part of their new look secondary in 2015. Last season he played both at corner and free safety, it'll be interesting to see where Don Brown plays him this year. Simmons is the top returning tackler for the Eagles with 76.
According to the Wuerrfel Award website past winners of the Wuerffel Trophy are: 2013 Gabe Ikard, University of Oklahoma; 2012 Matt Barkley, University of Southern California; 2011 Barrett Jones, University of Alabama; 2010 Sam Acho, University of Texas; 2009 Tim Hiller, Western Michigan University; 2008 Tim Tebow, University of Florida; 2007 Paul Smith, University of Tulsa; 2006 Joel Penton, Ohio State University; and 2005 Rudy Niswanger, Louisiana State University.
The Wuerrfel Trophy is given out during the All Sports Award Award Association at Fort Walton Beach on February 12, 2016. Congratulations Justin!