Fort Walton Beach, Fla.----- For San Jose State University senior Bryce Crawford, he gets his kicks in as the Spartans' record-setting placekicker, a Dean's Scholar student and contributing to the good of the local community.
Tie the elements in a neat bow and the senior from Frisco, Texas, is one of 106 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players named to the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy watch list. Named after former University of Florida and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel, the award is presented annually to the player that best exemplifies community service with athletics and academic achievements.
The 6-foot-3 native of Plano, Texas has a vast array of community service activities in his three-plus years as a San Jose State student. He offers his time to youngsters through annual Easter egg hunts and after school reading programs, to senior citizens at local care facilities, to recording public service announcements thanking U.S. service men and women on Veterans' day, and participating in the annual local Walk A Mile In Her Shoes initiative to raise awareness against violence towards females.
Academically, Crawford is a three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree to go along with his Dean's Scholar status at San Jose State.
The Spartan kicker heads into the 2018 season on the Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicking Award watch list. He shared the national lead last year for kicking five field goals of 50 or more yards and was 14-of-17 overall as a field goal kicker. In three seasons, he is 31-of-37 as a field goal kicker, an 83.8 percent conversion rate.
Wuerffel Trophy semifinalists will be announced on November 1. Finalists will be revealed on November 19. The winner will be named on December 4 at the National Football Foundation's New York City news conference and honored at an awards banquet scheduled for February 15, 2019.