Friday, January 18, 2019

Not many people will recognize Seth Russell, nor should they, especially if their interest as football fans is restricted to the events that take place on the field. Seth isn’t an especially illustrious football star. None the less, he was named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List for 2016. This is an award handed out annually to College Football’s top community servant. Admittedly, the Wuerffel Trophy probably doesn’t come up during Conversations about college football spreads, but it is a noteworthy award.

Baylor's quarterback Seth Russell's exemplary service to others has him in line for the Wueffel Trophy. Photo: YouTube

Baylor’s quarterback Seth Russell’s exemplary service to others has him in line for the Wueffel Trophy.
Photo: YouTube

Seth accompanied Baylor student-athletes on a mission to Brazil in May of 2016. Some of his contributions include packing punches during the BUs Annual Feed My Starving Children event.

That isn’t even taking into account his work with Baylors University earlier this summer where they painted a Waco Resident’s house during the community service day. Along with volunteering for the Special Olympics, Russell has more than earned his place on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list.

Russell graduated in May with a Degree in communication studies. He has spoken of plans to further his education, the Garland, Texas product admitting to intentions to pursue a degree in health, kinesiology and leisure studies.

While hardly the most astounding player in college football, Russell hasn’t gone completely unnoticed on the field. Outside his community service, Seth Russell is a notable player, having delivered historic figures as a first-year starter.

It could be argued that Russell could have delivered so much more if he didn’t suffer that injury in the seventh game, essentially ending his season on the sidelines. With 2,104yards and 29touchdowns, Russell, none the less, did his team proud in 2015.

His contributions to the fortunes of his team were such that the league coaches gave him an All-Big 12 honorable mention, this along with handing him the position of semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award.

Russell also made the Maxwell award Watchlist. Russell joins the likes of Spencer Drango who was also named a finalist for the Maxwell Award while representing the Bears.

Admittedly, being named on the watch list, while encouraging, doesn’t say much with regards to Russell’s chances of winning. After all, the Wuerffel Trophy Watch list has 88 players on it.

More importantly, Russell is merely one of nine selections made from the Big 12 Conference.

Also called the ‘College Football Premier Award for Community Service’, the Wuerffel Trophy is presented by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach. The Wuerffel Trophy was called so because of Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 quarterback from the University of Florida.

Rather than merely recognizing talent on the field, the Wuerffel Trophy aims to highlight those players who complement their abilities with the ball with exemplary community service, this along with noteworthy academic achievement.

It falls upon the shoulders of each University’s sports information department to nominate players for the Wuerffel Trophy. Nominations close on October 14. Anyone interested in looking at the current list of nominees can visit www.wuerffeltrophy.org.

People will have to wait until November 3rd for the announcement of the semifinalists, with the finalists being named on November 23rd. The winner of the trophy will be named on December 6th at the National Football Foundation’s press Conference in New York.

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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