Nine MW Student-Athletes on Biletnikoff Award And Wuerffel Trophy Watch Lists
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four Mountain West football student-athletes appeared on the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list, while five others were selected for the Wuerffel Trophy watch list. The Biletnikoff Award recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football and the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Boise State’s Thomas Sperbeck, Nevada’s Hasaan Henderson and Jerico Richardson and UNLV’s Devonte Boyd represent the MW on the Biletnikoff watch list.
Sperbeck, who is a Biletnikoff Award candidate for the second-straight year, enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2015, matching the Boise State single-season mark with 88 receptions and establishing the standard for receiving yards with 1,412. Both figures led all receivers in the Mountain West, and his eight touchdown grabs were tied for second-most in the conference. Nevada is one of just 10 teams in the nation with a pair of players named to the watch list. Henderson enters his senior season ranking 20th in program history in career receiving yards (1,646), while Richardson has caught 127 passes for 1,427 yards. In 2015, Boyd led the Rebels with 54 receptions for 904 yards and seven touchdowns.
Colorado State’s Zack Golditch, Nevada’s Jeremy Maculey, San Diego State’s Daniel Brunskill, San José State’s Tim Crawley and Utah State’s Travis Seefeldt were named to the Wuerffel Trophy preseason watch list.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.