It's been a slow summer of accolades for the Oregon State football program but with Wednesday's release of the Wuerffel Trophy Pre-Season Watch-List, a second name can be added to the list of the nationally recognized Beavers. Joining junior punter Nick Porebski, who was added to the Ray Guy Award Pre-Season Watch-List just about a week ago, sophomore running back Ryan Nall was named as one of the eighty-six players in the country that was selected to the Wuerffel Trophy Pre-Season Watch-List.
The Wuerffel Trophy is given each year to the player that "best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement". Named after former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, who won the 1996 Heisman Trophy to cap off his prestigious career with the Gators, the award was presented last season to Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington, who was a two-time Academic All-American for the Sooners, in addition to making community service outreach trips to the Children's Hospital at Oklahoma's Medical Center, offering his services to help tornado-ravaged cities throughout the state and participating in mission trips to Haiti.
Preliminary cuts for the award will be made on November 3rd and finalists for the award will be released on November 23rd. The Wuerffel Trophy winner will be announced on December 6th and a trophy presentation will take place on February 10th, 2017 at the 48th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet.