STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut senior kicker Bobby Puyol has been selected to the Watch List for the 2016 Danny Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented to the FBS football player who best combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement. The Watch List was announced by the All Sports Association on Wednesday, July 13.
The North Palm Beach, Fla. native has been UConn’s primary kicker for the last two seasons and connected on 16 of his 18 field goal attempts and 21 of 24 PATs last year. Puyol connected on seven of his last eight field goal attempts last season, including a career-long 52-yard attempt to set a St. Petersburg Bowl record.
In addition to his exploits on the field Puyol is a representative of the football team on UConn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is the president of UConn campus chapter of Athletes in Action. He is also active in the Goal Line Project, a program in which football student-athletes mentor elementary schools students in both academics and athletics.
Puyol has participated with UConn student-athletes from all sports in Husky Reach, including programs which encourage reading in elementary school, and the Husky Sport program. He also served as a volunteer at the campus-wide HuskyThon dance marathon last spring.
This marks Puyol’s second watch list nod as he also earned a spot on the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List.
In addition to Puyol, three other Huskies have been named to watch lists this preseason – Jamar Summers for the Jim Thorpe Award, the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, redshirt senior punter Justin Wain for the Ray Guy Award and redshirt sophomore center Ryan Crozier for the Rimington Trophy.
Named in honor of former University of Florida football star Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy is the only major college football award that places the majority of its voting emphasis on Community Service. Danny said of his feelings of the Wuerffel Trophy upon inception, “It will inspire other people to be community minded, to live for others, to sacrifice their own interests for the benefit of the community and other people.”
The All Sports Association is proud to present the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented to the FBS football player that best combines exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement.
About the All Sports Association
The All Sports Association membership is made up of dues paying volunteers whose primary mission is to provide contribution of time to raise money for local youth oriented non-profit organizations with an emphasis on sports programs. Through the efforts of the association with the annual banquet, the group helps fund numerous worthwhile sports organizations and charitable causes. Main beneficiaries of the All Sports Association are the local YMCA, Boys and Girls Club.
Former Wuerffel Trophy Winners
Year Player Position School
2005 Rudy Niswanger C LSU
2006 Joel Penton DT Ohio State
2007 Paul Smith QB Tulsa
2008 Tim Tebow QB Florida
2009 Tim Hiller QB Western Michigan
2010 Sam Acho DE Texas
2011 Barrett Jones OT Alabama
2012 Matt Barkley QB USC
2013 Gabe Ikard OL Oklahoma
2014 Deterrian Shackelford ILB Mississippi
2015 Ty Darlington C Oklahoma