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Michael Saffell named to Wuerffel Trophy watch list

The trophy honors college football’s top community servant

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Cal at UCLA Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

California Golden Bears center Michael Saffell has been placed on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list, officially placing him on the short list for the award that honors the country’s top college football community servant.

The Wuerffel Trophy announced their watch list for the 2020 season, honoring 114 different college football players from the FBS. This was a record number of members of the watch list since the trophy was instituted in 1997. The award was named after former Florida Gators QB Danny Wuerffel and has seen just one Pac-12 player win the award since it’s inception.

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.”

Saffell was a watch list member a season ago as well.

The award finalists close on October 15 and the semifinalists will be announced on November 3. The presentation of the Wuerffel Trophy will be in February at the 52nd All Sports Association Awards Banquet on the 19th.