Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ty Darlington Named Wuerffel Trophy Finalist

Ty Darlington, a senior from Apopka, Fla., is joined by Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld and Kentucky punter Landon Foster as finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy.

The award, named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, is presented to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Former OU center Gabe Ikard won the award in 2013.

Darlington 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).

He 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.

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 at 5 p.m. CT. 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, Fla.

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