MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—West Virginia University cornerback Terrell Chestnut was one of 80 players named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List on Wednesday. The Wuerffel Trophy annually recognizes college football’s top community servant.
The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Chestnut was a key leader for the Mountaineers’ secondary last season. He started in 12 games and made 35 tackles. Chestnut also recovered a fumble and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown against TCU.
The Big 12 had 10 players from eight different schools added to the watch list. Spencer Drango (OL, Baylor), Levi Peters (LB, Iowa State), Fish Smithson (DB, Kansas), Jordan Shelley-Smith (OL, Kansas), Dante Barnett (DB, K-State), Trevor Knight (QB, Oklahoma), Ty Darlington (C, Oklahoma), Joey Hunt (C, TCU) and Justis Nelson (DB, Texas Tech) all join Chestnut on the watch list.
The Wuerffel Trophy was named after the University of Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1996 and won a National Championship with the Gators before going on to play six years in the NFL.
The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. It is known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.” It is voted on by a National Selection Committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior winners of the Wuerffel Trophy.
Semifinalists of the award will be announced on November 3 and finalists will be declared on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on December 8 at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City.