Written By: Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
The preseason accolades continue to come for the Hoosiers, as Senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld has been placed on another watch list. While the Maxwell award is primarily concerned with on-the-field performance, the Wuerfell Trophy measures the type of impact the player has in the community, classroom, and on the gridiron.
The Wuerffel Trophy, which is named after University of Florida's Heisman Winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, is referred to as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service".
The Hoosiers talented signal caller spent his most recent spring break in Uganda visiting an orphanage that was being built by Assist International, a group that was founded by his a grandparents. However, he doesn't have to travel halfway across the world to have an impact, as he's made it a priority to giveback to the local community, volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club, the Andrew Luck/IU Health Change The Play Program and Read Across America.
The award is voted on by the National Selection committee. Semifinalists will be announced on November 3 and finalists for the award will be announced on November 24. The winner will be announced at the the National Football Foundation's press conference in New York City on December 8.
Some notable past winners of the award include Tim Tebow, Barret Jones, and Matt Barkley.
In addition to his outstanding performance on-the-field and in the community, Sudfeld is no slouch in the classroom, as he has been a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Now entering what looks to be his final season with the program, the Hoosiers are hopeful Sudfeld can help lead them to their first bowl bid since the 2007 season.