In addition to Todd, three Huskers were named second-team Academic All-District VII. They include junior tight end J.B. Phillips, sophomore offensive guard Andy Christensen and senior defensive back Brandon Rigoni.
A graduate of
On the field, Todd is in his second year as the Huskers’ starting fullback. He is a receiving threat out of the backfield, and also serves as a lead blocker in
Todd is also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, and is one of the most active Huskers in the community. Earlier this fall, Todd was one of 11 Division I-A players named to the AFCA Good Works Team and he is a finalist for the 2006 Wuerffel Trophy, given to the player who best combines academic and athletic achievement with exemplary community service.
This marks the second consecutive year that Phillips has been a second-team All-District pick. The Colleyville, Texas native carries a 3.73 grade-point average in marketing and will pick up his degree this December, completing his undergraduate work in just 3 ½ years. On the field, Phillips has 12 receptions, including a pair of touchdown grabs.
Christensen owns a 3.56 cumulative grade-point average in construction management. He has been a valuable member of the Husker offensive line throughout the season, and has earned a pair of starts in the past four games.
A native of
Voting for ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team will occur later this month, with the teams announced in early December.
Todd Named Finalist for Wuerffel Trophy
Senior fullback Dane Todd was one of 11 players named Thursday as finalists for the 2006 Wuerffel Trophy, presented to the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
This is the second year for the Wuerffel Trophy, and the second straight year that Todd has been a finalist for the award. The award is named after former Florida Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel who also played in the National Football League for six years and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts.
Todd is one of two finalists from the Big 12 Conference, joining
Todd is a returning Academic All-American, and earlier this fall was named to the American Football Coaches Association’s Good Works Team. He is also a four-time member of
Wuerffel Trophy Finalists
Name Yr. Pos. School
Alex Brink Jr. QB
Will Herring Sr. LB Auburn
Joel Howells Sr. PK Northwestern
Wade Koehl Sr. LB Houston
Tyler Palko Sr. QB Pittsburgh
Joel Penton Sr. DL Ohio State
Carl Pendleton Jr. DT Oklahoma
Zac Selmon Jr. TE Wake Forest
Paul Smith Jr. QB Tulsa
Joe Thomas Sr. OT Wisconsin
Dane Todd Sr. FB Nebraska