AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football’s Daniel Carlson isn’t just a strong candidate for the Lou Groza Award this year.
Carlson was one of 109 players to make it on the preseason Wuerffel Trophy watch list on Tuesday morning. The senior kicker was also on the list last year, making him one of nine players to repeat.
The Wuerffel Trophy, named after former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, is given annually to the college football player “that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.”
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Auburn has never had a winner of the Wuerffel Trophy, which was established in 2005. However, the SEC has claimed five of the 12 trophies all-time, including two of the last three. Former Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight won the award last season.
Carlson will try to become the first player in college football history to be a finalist for the Groza, which is given to the nation’s top kicker, in three straight seasons. Both the Groza and Wuerffel will be awarded in December.