Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ty Darlington Named Wuerffel Trophy Semifinalist

University of Oklahoma center Ty Darlington on Tuesday was announced as one of eight semifinalists for the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy, known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service" and given annually by the All-Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Darlington, who just last week was awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship for being named one of 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy (awarded to college football's best scholar-athlete), has made 21 career starts, graduated from OU in two-and-a-half years with a 3.91 GPA in Arts and Sciences Planned Program (Health Promotion emphasis) and is working on his master's in Adult and Higher Education (Intercollegiate Athletics Administration emphasis).

From Apopka, Fla., has made significant community contributions on campus, around Norman and elsewhere. He is serving as 2015-16 president of the Big 12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (served as 2014-15 vice president), is one of 15 Division I student-athletes who serves on the NCAA's autonomy legislation committee and was president of the OU Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in 2013-14 and 2014-15 (he averages between 10-15 FCA speeches per semester).

Darlington also served as 2014-15 president of the OU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helped lead the OU football volunteer efforts following the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma in May 2013, volunteers at Oklahoma's Children's Hospital special events, has traveled to Haiti three times as part of the Mission of Hope (earthquake damage relief) and has served as a volunteer football coach at Apopka High School every year since graduation.

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. Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 24, 2015, and the formal announcement of the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be on Dec. 8, 2015, at the National Football Foundation's press conference in New York City.

The 2015 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be interviewed at "The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show" on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Dec. 10, 2015, airing at 5 p.m. CT, featuring interviews with award winners and finalists as they approach the new location for "The Home Depot College Football Awards Show," the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta. The presentation of the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 47th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 12, 2016, in Fort Walton Beach.

The Wuerffel Trophy is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts around the country.

OU center Gabe Ikard was the 2013 recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy.

2015 Wuerffel Trophy Semifinalists

Spencer Drango, Baylor, Sr., Offensive Lineman
Ross Martin, Duke, Sr., Kicker
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana, Sr., Quarterback
Landon Foster, Kentucky, Sr., Punter
Garrett Adcock, New Mexico, Jr., Offensive Line
Corey Robinson, Notre Dame, Jr., Wide Receiver
Ty Darlington, Oklahoma, Sr., Offensive LinemanAlex Zmolik, Toledo, Sr., Tight End

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