Nebraska junior fullback Dane Todd has been named one of 13 finalists for the first Wuerffel Trophy. The national award will honor a college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding athletic achievement. The award is named in honor of 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, a standout quarterback at Florida, who went on to a six-year NFL career.
Todd carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in biological sciences and is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII pick. On the field, he is Nebraska’s starting fullback and has caught six passes in 2005. He is also the Huskers’ most active player in community outreach. Todd is a three-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and regularly volunteers his time speaking at local schools, visiting hospitals and taking part in numerous other outreach activities. He is also a member of Nebraska’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
A voting committee comprised of 10 Wuerffel Trophy regional directors will vote on the finalists and the winner will be announced later this month. The Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association’s Awards Banquet in February in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.