Mountain West Football: Seven Players Named To 2020 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
The list of those who could be college football’s best community service champion includes seven from the Mountain West.
Community and the classroom matter.
Watch list season continued today with the release of the Wuerffel Trophy‘s list of players to follow. Given annually to the college football athlete who best combines community service with athletic and academic performance, there are seven players from the Mountain West who should be recognized for their contributions no matter who wins.
New Mexico’s Teton Saltes headlines the group as the lone player who returns from last year’s Wuerffel list. A two-time Academic all-Mountain West selection who graduated in the spring with a degree in political science, Saltes has been a tireless advocate for indigenous communities, a proponent of mental health initiatives in the state of New Mexico, and has had a hand in much more.
The other watch list entrants include:
Boise State offensive lineman Donte Harrington, who has lent a hand to local food drives and was an academic all-conference selection in 2017 and 2018.
Colorado State offensive lineman Barry Wesley, a versatile multi-year starter for the Rams who was named as the recipient of the Albert C. Yates Student Leadership Award earlier this year.
Hawaii running back Hekili Keliiliki, an Academic all-Mountain West honoree in 2018 and 2019 who was the recipient of the team’s Jenny Matsuda Scholar Athlete award last year and has stated his desire to work in medicine.
Nevada linebacker Lawson Hall, a three-time member of the Academic all-Mountain West team who spearheaded the Wolf Pack’s Black Lives Matter message earlier this summer.
San Jose State linebacker Christian Webb, who was named to the Academic all-Mountain West team in 2018 and 2019 and has been an active part of the African American Community Service Agency of San Jose
Utah State defensive lineman Justus Te’i, who has been a part of the Academic all-Mountain West team in 2016, 2017, and 2019 and spent time helping with local organizations in Logan.
Last year’s Wuerffel Trophy winner was Western Michigan’s Jon Wassink.