Yurachek named to Wuerffel watch list
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek has been named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List once again, the award announced Tuesday.
It was the latest in a series of accommodations for Yurachek, who has been named to Conference USA’s preseason team and watch lists for the Mackey Award and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team over the course of the summer.
Yurachek returns as the team’s active leader in career receptions (89), receiving yards (864), touchdown receptions (16) and scoring (96).
He enters the 2017 season with a streak of 29 consecutive games with a reception. The streak dates back to Nov. 15, 2014, when he caught four passes for 31 yards against Rice.
The Myrtle Beach, S.C. native is one of nine returnees on the 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.
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.
Semifinalists for the award will be announced on November 2 and finalists will be announced on November 22.
The formal announcement of the 2017 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City on December 5.
The presentation of the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 49th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 16 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.