Javon Patterson Makes Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
July 18, 2017


FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Ole Miss junior offensive lineman Javon Patterson is an active volunteer in the Oxford/Lafayette County community. On Tuesday, he was recognized for his service, earning one of 108 spots on the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy watch list.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Patterson, who is also a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, has mentored children with the Marks Project and Reading with the Rebels programs, has helped local families with meals at holiday time, visited patients in hospitals, assisted with flood relief in Baton Rouge and South Carolina, and volunteered with a blood drive and a “Caps for Kids” program. The marketing major from Petal, Mississippi, has also been a member of the NCAA Division I Football Recruiting Ad Hoc Working Group.

On the field, Patterson has been a valuable starter in the interior of the offensive line during his first two seasons in the Red and Blue. He was the only Rebel lineman to start every game last season (nine at left guard, three at center), while helping the Rebels lead the SEC in passing yards and achieve big wins over No. 11 Georgia and No. 8 Texas A&M. As a true freshman in 2015, his efforts contributed to the Rebels shattering most of the single-season offensive records and making the school’s first Sugar Bowl appearance (and win) since 1970.

Voting for the Wuerffel Trophy is performed by a National Selection Committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients.  

Ole Miss’ Deterrian Shackelford won the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy.

Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective universities’ sports information departments and will close Oct. 13.  A current list of nominees can be found at www.wuerffeltrophy.org beginning Aug. 1. Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 2, and finalists will be announced Nov. 22. 

The formal announcement of the 2017 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City on Dec. 5.

The presentation of the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 49th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 16, 2018, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. 

Past winners of the Wuerffel Trophy are Rudy Niswanger (LSU-2005), Joel Penton (Ohio State-2006), Paul Smith (Tulsa-2007), Tim Tebow (Florida-2008), Tim Hiller (W. Michigan-2009), Sam Acho (Texas-2010), Barrett Jones (Alabama-2011), Matt Barkley (USC-2012), Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma-2013), Deterrian Shackelford (Ole Miss-2014), Ty Darlington (Oklahoma-2015) and Trevor Knight (Texas A&M-2016).

The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 23 awards boast more than 800 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more.

2017 WUERFFEL TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST
(LISTED ALPAHBETICALLY BY UNIVERSITY)

A.J. Coney, Akron, Senior, WR
Zach Guiser, Akron, Senior, DB
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, Junior, DB
Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State, Senior, QB
Jacob Alsadek, Arizona, Senior, OL
Tashon Smallwood, Arizona State, Senior, DL
Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, Senior, OL
Blaise Taylor, Arkansas State, Senior, DB/ST
Daniel Carlson, Auburn, Senior, PK
Vinnie Palazeti, Ball State, Senior, OL
Taylor Young, Baylor, Senior, LB
Brett Rypien, Boise State, Junior, QB
Fred Warner, BYU, Senior, LB
Raymond Davison, California, Senior, DL
Joe Ostman, Central Michigan, Senior, DL
Christian Wilkins, Clemson, Junior, DL
Derek McCartney, Colorado, Senior, LB
Zack Golditch, Colorado State, Senior, OL
Gabe Brandner, Duke, Senior, OL
Davon Grayson, East Carolina, Senior, WR
Jeremiah Harris, Eastern Michigan, Junior, DL
T.J. McCoy, Florida, Sophomore, OL
Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic, Sophomore, RB
Alec Eberle, Florida State, Junior, OL
Jeb Blazevich, Georgia, Senior, TE
Aaron Davis, Georgia, Senior, DB
KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech, Senior, DL
Noah Borden, Hawaii, Junior, LS/ST
Steven Dunbar, Houston, Senior, WR
Rashard Fant, Indiana, Senior, DB
Kayden Elliss, Idaho, Junior, LB
Josey Jewell, Iowa, Senior, LB
Joe Campos, Iowa State, Senior, OL
Joe Dineen, Jr., Kansas, Junior, LB
Dalton Risner, Kansas State, Junior, OL
Matt Bahr, Kent State, Junior, LB
Courtney Love, Kentucky, Senior, LB
Grant Horst, Louisiana, Senior, OL
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Junior, QB
Danny Etling, LSU, Senior, QB
Ryan Yurachek, Marshall, Senior, TE
Adam Greene, Maryland, Senior, PK
Spencer Smith, Memphis, Senior, P
Demetrius Jackson, Miami, Junior, DL
Shaquille Quaterman, Miami, Sophomore, LB
James Gardner, Miami (Ohio), Junior, WR
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee, Sophomore, QB
Ryan Santoso, Minnesota, Senior P
Gabe Myles, Mississippi State, Senior, WR
Corey Fatony, Missouri, Junior, P
Andrew Wood, Navy, Junior, OL
Drew Brown, Nebraska, Senior, PK
Austin Corbett, Nevada, Senior, OL
Austin Proehl, North Carolina, Senior, WR
A.J. Cole III, North Carolina State, Junior, P
Andy Flusche, North Texas, Senior, DL
Max Scharping, Northern Illinios, Junior, OL
Justin Jackson, Northwestern, Senior, RB
Tyler Newsome, Notre Dame, Senior, P
Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame, Senior, DB
Nic Weishar, Notre Dame, Senior, TE
Tracy Sprinkle, Ohio State, Senior, DL
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, Senior, QB
Josh Marriner, Old Dominion, Senior, RB
Javon Patterson, Ole Miss, Junior, OL
Juwaan Williams, Oregon, Senior, DB
Marcus McMarion, Oregon State, Junior, QB
Trace McSorley, Penn State, Junior, QB
Brian O’Neill, Pitt, Junior, OL
David Blough, Purdue, Junior, QB
David Wells, San Diego State, Senior, TE
Nate Velichko, San Jose State, Senior, OL
Justin Lawler, SMU, Senior, DL
Tre Alford, South Alabama, Senior, DL
Antoine Wilder, South Carolina, Sophomore, LB
Harrison Phillips, Stanford, Senior, DL
Zack Mahoney, Syracuse, Senior, QB
Keith Kirkwood, Temple, Senior, WR
Todd Kelly, Jr., Tennessee, Senior, DB
Koda Martin, Texas A&M, Junior, OL
Gabe Schrade, Texas State, Senior, TE
Gabe Lloyd, Texas State, Senior, LB
James Sherman, Texas State, Junior, PK/P
Tyler Watts, Texas State, Junior, WR
Tryston Mizerak, Texas State, Senior, OL
Cody Thompson, Toledo, Senior, WR
Seth Calloway, Troy, Senior, DL
Parry Nickerson, Tulane, Senior, DB
Willie Wright, Tulsa, Junior, OL
Shaquem Griffin, UCF, Senior, LB
Kenny Young, UCLA, Senior, LB
Folorunso Fatukasi, UConn, Senior, DL
Adam Breneman, UMass, Senior, TE
Nico Falah, USC, Senior, OL
Auggie Sanchez, USF, Senior, LB
Chase Hansen, Utah, Junior, DB
Dallin Leavitt, Utah State, Senior, DB
Ryan Mata, UTEP, Junior, QB
Marcus Davenport, UTSA, Senior, DL
Tommy Openshaw, Vanderbilt, Senior, PK
Quin Blanding, Virginia, Senior, DB
Joey Slye, Virginia Tech, Senior, RB
Wendall Dunn, Wake Forest, Senior, DL
Azeem Victor, Washington, Senior, LB
Peyton Pelluer, Washington State, Senior, LB
Rob Dowdy, West Virginia, Sophomore, OL
Mike White, Western Kentucky, Senior, QB
Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan, Junior, RB

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