University of Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard is one of only two juniors selected as a finalist for the 2012 Wuerffel Trophy. There are eight finalists for the award.
The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to a player who is determined to best exemplify a combination of community service and academic and athletic achievement. The national award, which recognizes outstanding ambassadors for college football who embody character and excellence, is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the University of Florida to the 1996 national championship.
Ikard has started 33 career games for the Sooners, including eight contests at center this season. The Oklahoma City native earned All-Big 12 first team honors from AP and coaches for his performance on the field a year ago. He currently carries a 4.0 GPA in multidisciplinary studies and was one of only three sophomores named to the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-American team. In May 2012 he was part of the Sooners for Haiti trip, spending a week working with the children served by the orphanages of the Mission of Hope in Titanyen, Haiti.
A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors, selection committee members and past winners will vote on the finalists later this month. The winner will be formally announced on Dec. 4.
2012 Wuerffel Trophy Finalists
Riley Nelson, Senior – Quarterback – Brigham Young
Cody Wilson, Senior – Wide Receiver – Central Michigan
Dustin Hopkins, Senior – Kicker – Florida State
Aaron Murray, Junior - Quarterback – Georgia
Matt Smith, Senior – Center – Kentucky
Ben Buchanan, Senior – Punter - Ohio State
Gabe Ikard, Junior – Center – Oklahoma
Matt Barkley, Senior – Quarterback – Southern California