STORRS, Conn. - UConn senior defensive lineman Foley Fatukasi has been named a 2017 Danny Wuerffel Trophy nominee, which is presented to the FBS football player who best displays exemplary community service with academic and athletic achievement. Fatukasi is part of the largest contingent of nominees in the 13-year history of the award with 104 FBS players in consideration for the honor.
The Far Rockaway, N.Y. native has been a four-year starter on the UConn defensive line. The redshirt senior has racked up 140 career tackles, 10 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and forced four fumbles. This season Fatukasi has recorded 20 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
In addition to his exploits on the field, Fatukasi is involved in Collective Uplift, an organization that provides educational and developmental opportunities for individuals across ethnic groups beyond traditional schooling and athletic contexts. Fatukasi is an Executive Leadership Board member and recently spoke as a panelist on the topic of "Sports and Politics," a discussion that focused on athlete activism.
Semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 2 with finalists being determined on Nov. 22. The recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy will formally be announced on Dec. 5 at the National Football Foundation's press conference in New York City.
Past Winners of the Wuerffel Award
2016: Trevor Knight, Texas A&M University
2015: Ty Darlington, University of Oklahoma
2014: Deterrian Shackelford, University of Mississippi
2013: Gabe Ikard, University of Oklahoma
2012: Matt Barkley, University of Southern California
2011: Barrett Jones, University of Alabama
2010: Sam Acho, University of Texas
2009: Tim Hiller, Western Michigan University
2008: Tim Tebow, University of Florida
2007: Paul Smith, University of Tulsa
2006: Joel Penton, Ohio State University
2005: Rudy Niswanger, Louisiana State University