Michael Bertsch | December 6, 2018
NEW YORK — Danny Wuerffel announced at the National Football Foundation's Annual Festivities at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel that University of Notre Dame graduate captain linebacker Drue Tranquill is the recipient of the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy.
The Wuerffel Trophy, presented by the Chick-fil-A Foundation®, is awarded to the Football Bowl Subdivision football player who best exhibits exemplary community service at the All Sports Association's annual banquet in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
"We are honored to announce that Drue is this year's recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy and are elated about him joining our family of past winners," said Wuerffel. "What he has done serving others off the field, along with his work in the classroom and on the playing field, represents the true meaning of the award. Also, I'd like to say the same about our other two finalists, Dalton Risner and David Blough. The community service that these young men have done is just incredible. I wish we could hand out three Wuerffel Trophies."
Tranquill, a senior linebacker from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a three-time Wuerffel Trophy nominee and graduated in May with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has been named to the Dean's List in five of his eight semesters and is a National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy finalist this season. A two-time team captain for the Fighting Irish, Tranquill volunteers his time locally with Lifeworks Ministry, AWP Sports, as an ambassador for Dream Teams, with the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, the Center for the Homeless and South Bend Boys and Girls Clubs, just to name a few. He has also served on three mission trips to the Dominican Republic as a team leader with Here for Kids International.
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