Prescott named to Wuerffel Trophy watch list

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott

Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott was picked as one of 78 players on the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy on Wednesday.

The Wuerffel Trophy is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel of Florida and is awarded to the FBS player that combines exemplary community service along with athletic and academic achievement.

Prescott broke 12 MSU records in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Haughton, La., completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 3,449 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for an additional 986 yards and 14 more scores. He also caught two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown.

Off the field, Prescott is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and graduated last December with a degree in educational psychology. He has spent the offseason speaking at schools, local youth groups and volunteering with disabled children.

Semfinalists will be announced on Nov. 3 and finalists on Nov. 24. The winner will be announced on Dec. 8. Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford won the award last year.

2015 WUERFFEL TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST (78 TOTAL, LISTED ALPAHBETICALLY BY UNIVERSITY)

  • Doug Middleton, Appalachian State, Senior, DB

  • Casey Skowron, Arizona, Senior, K

  • Mike Bercovici, Arizona State, Senior, QB

  • Brooks Ellis, Arkansas, Junior, LB

  • Fredi Knighten, Arkansas State, Senior, QB

  • Kyle Ricciardi, Army, Senior, LB

  • Spencer Drango, Baylor, Senior, OL

  • Shane Williams-Rhodes, Boise State, Senior, WR

  • Justin Simmons, Boston College, Senior, DB

  • Christian Piazza, Bowling Green, Senior, OL

  • Taysom Hill, BYU, Senior, QB

  • Stefan McClure, California, Senior, DB

  • Trent Matthews, Colorado State, Senior, DB

  • Andreas Knappe, Connecticut, Junior, OL

  • Kelby Brown, Duke, Senior, LB

  • Jaquez Johnson, Florida Atlantic, Senior, QB

  • Jonnu Smith, Florida International, Junior, TE

  • Roberto Aguayo, Florida State, Junior, K

  • Jordan Jenkins, Georgia, Senior, LB

  • Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia, Senior, WR

  • Matt Dobson, Georgia Southern, Senior, DB

  • Keshun Freeman, Georgia Tech, Sophomore, DE

  • Adrian McDonald, Houston, Senior, DB

  • Nate Sudfeld, Indiana, Senior, QB

  • Levi Peters, Iowa State, Junior, LB

  • Fish Smithson, Kansas, Junior, DB

  • Jordan Shelley-Smith, Kansas, Junior, OL

  • Dante Barnett, Kansas State, Senior, DB

  • Jordan Italiano, Kent State, Senior, DB

  • Landon Foster, Kentucky, Senior, P

  • Evan Tatford, Louisiana (Lafayette), Senior, TE

  • James Burgess, Louisville, Senior, LB

  • Jamie Keehn, LSU, Senior, P

  • Blake Frohnapfel, Massachusetts, Senior, QB

  • Wynton McManis, Memphis, Senior, LB

  • Dallas Crawford, Miami, Senior, DB

  • Josiah Price, Michigan State, Junior, TE

  • Peter Mortell, Minnesota, Senior, P

  • Dak Prescott, Mississippi State, Senior, QB

  • Myer Krah, Navy, Senior, LB

  • Don Jackson, Nevada, Senior, RB

  • Andrew Cunningham, New Mexico State, Senior, OL

  • Corey Robinson, Notre Dame, Junior, WR

  • Joe Schmidt, Notre Dame, Senior, LB

  • Shakeel Rashad, North Carolina, Senior, LB

  • Tony Adams, North Carolina State, Sophomore, OL

  • Bryce Haynes, Ohio State, Senior, Long Snapper

  • Joshua Perry, Ohio State, Senior, LB

  • Trevor Knight, Oklahoma, Junior, QB

  • Ty Darlington, Oklahoma, Senior, C

  • Tyler Compton, Old Dominion, Junior, C

  • Will Hopkins, Oregon State, Sophomore, OL

  • Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh, Junior, OL

  • Chad Voytik, Pittsburgh, Junior, QB

  • James Conner, Pittsburgh, Junior, RB

  • James Farrimond, Rice, Senior, P

  • Cameron Smith, SMU, Senior, DL

  • Aleem Sunanon, South Alabama, Junior, K

  • Riley Dixon, Syracuse, Senior, P

  • Joey Hunt, TCU, Senior, C

  • Hershey Walton, Temple, Senior, DT

  • Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee, Junior, QB

  • Julien Obioha, Texas A&M, Senior, DE

  • Brian Guendling, Texas State, Junior, DE

  • Justis Nelson, Texas Tech, Junior, DB

  • Tommy Blevins, Troy, Senior, TE

  • Richard Carthon, Tulane, Senior, DB

  • Michael Mudoh, Tulsa, Senior, DB

  • Jake Brendel, UCLA, Senior,OL

  • Cody Kessler, USC, Senior, QB

  • Mattias Ciabatti, USF, Senior, P

  • Kenneth Scott, Utah, Senior, WR

  • Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, Senior, QB

  • Aaron Jones, UTEP, Junior, RB

  • Demetrious Nicholson, Virginia, Senior, DB

  • Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech, Senior, DB

  • Zach Terrell, W. Michigan, Junior, QB

  • Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest, Junior, DB

  • Jeremiah Allison, Washington State, Senior, LB

  • Terrell Chestnut, West Virginia, Senior, CB

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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