Arkansas linebacker Brooks Ellis has been named a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy.
Named after former Florida quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy is known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.” A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ellis earned this honor by volunteering for a handful of local organizations, including the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club.
Ellis is a two-time captain for the Razorbacks, and he leads the team with 57 tackles, good for seventh in the SEC. He is joined on the Wuerffel semifinalist list by fellow SEC players Trevor Knight (Texas A&M) and Jeb Blazevich (Georgia), in addition to eight others from around the country. Were Ellis to win the Wuerffel Award, he would join Barrett Jones (Alabama), Tim Tebow (Florida) and Rudy Niswanger (LSU) as previous SEC winners since the award’s creation in 2005.
Three finalists for the Wuerffel Award will be named on November 23 before it is officially handed out on December 6, at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City.