Adam Prentice named to Wuerffel Trophy watch list

Sophomore fullback Adam Prentice has been included on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida), the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service," is presented annually at the All Sports Association’s Awards Banquet in Fort Walton Beach.  

This recognition is the second this preseason that has acknowledged Prentice's off-the-field efforts. He was named a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team earlier in July. 

"My drive to serve others was instilled in me by my dad," Prentice said in a release.

"His life was centered around serving others, and naturally became a part of mine. He stressed the importance of giving back to the community and to those who are less fortunate, especially through service. I believe it is important to give back because I think a little good can go a long way. I believe that little good can domino into a collective greater good that can then change the world we live in for the better."

Prentice, a redshirt sophomore, recently took part in CSU's second annual Green & Global initiative, a 10-day cultural immersion and service trip to Petersfield, Jamaica, in May. While there, he spent time with the students of Petersfield High School in Jamaica, speaking to them about the importance of education outside of sport. Prentice and his fellow Rams peers participated in Jamaica's labor week by helping clean up the Petersfield community park and putting down gravel for the placement of a new playground at an elementary school in town.

He also organized a large group of teammates to attend and support Night to Shine 2018, a prom-like event for young people with disabilities, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. 
Prentice has also spent time playing various sports and interacting with students from Respite Care of Fort Collins, an organization that provides short-term quality care for children with developmental disabilities, giving respite to their families and enhancing the quality of life for the entire family.
  
Prentice was CSU's 2017 nominee for the Burlsworth Award, recognizing a football student-athlete who began his playing career as a walk-on. He was awarded a scholarship during preseason camp in 2016 after joining the Rams in 2015 as a walk-on.

The formal announcement of the 2018 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation's press conference in New York City on December 4. The presentation of the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 50th All Sports Association Awards Banquet on February 15, 2019 in Fort Walton Beach. 

Colorado State 2018 Watch List honorees (as of July 26)

Izzy Matthews – Doak Walker Award (nation’s top collegiate running back)

Adam Prentice – Allstate Good Works Team nominee; Wuerffel Trophy

Cameron Butler – John Mackey Award (nation’s most outstanding tight end)

Wyatt Bryan – Lou Groza Award (nation’s top collegiate placekicker)

Ryan Stonehouse – Ray Guy Award (nation’s top collegiate punter)

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