BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Four Southeastern Conference football student-athletes are among nine semifinalists for the Wuerffel Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A® Foundation, it was announced Tuesday.
Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship, Auburn's Derrick Brown, LSU's Blake Ferguson and Texas A&M's Braden Mann were named semifinalists for college football's premier award for community service. The Wuerffel Trophy, named for former Florida Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, is presented annually to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are submitted by each school. Finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 18, and the formal announcement of the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy recipient is scheduled for Dec. 10 in New York City. Voting for the Wuerffel Trophy is performed by a national selection committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients.
Each of the four SEC semifinalists have served or are current serving on the SEC Football Leadership Council. There have been six Wuerffel Trophy winners from the SEC since the award's inception in 2005, most recently Courtney Love of Kentucky in 2017.
The 2019 Wuerffel Trophy semifinalists are: Rodrigo Blankenship (Georgia), Derrick Brown (Auburn) Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Blake Ferguson (LSU), Braden Mann (Texas A&M), Koby Quansah (Duke), Teton Saltes (New Mexico), Isaiah Sanders (Air Force) and Jon Wassink (Western Michigan).