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
A.J. Coney, Akron, Senior, WR
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