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Landon Young named Wuerffel Trophy nominee

Young is up for the award that honors players for their service off the field.

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Kentucky Wildcats offensive tackle Landon Young has been named one of 98 nominees for The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.”

The Wuerffel Award, which is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning-quarterback Danny Wuerffel, is awarded to the FBS player that best combines community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Young was recently named to the 2019 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, one of just 11 players from the FBS to earn the honor.

Here are some of the community service projects Young has been involved with via UK Athletics:

  • Visited a local nursing home for a pre-Super Bowl party to give joy to the residents
  • Guest speaker at local churches and elementary schools on seven different occasions, talking about life lessons, fighting through adversities, faith and football
  • Volunteered at Habitat for Humanity
  • Helped decorate Lexington’s Hope Center – a recovery program for women, with Christmas decorations
  • Volunteered with Lexington Christian Church to do yard work for members not physically able to take care of their yard
  • As an animal science major, has volunteered his time for eight straight years at a veterinary clinic in Cynthiana, Kentucky
  • Participated in a one-week service trip to the Ethiopia in May where he helped delivered essential nutrition, supplies, hope and love to families living in Korah, a slum made up of all the trash accumulated in Addis Ababa … Visited an orphanage with approximately 80 children and took teenagers from Korah to play arcade games and see the Avengers movie. The teens had never been out of their village, been in a movie theatre or even seen a movie … Paired with a feeding program that supplies meals to government schools in Cherkos, a poorer region in Addis Ababa. The program began as a result of kids fainting and lack of focus in the classroom due to malnutrition at home, often missing breakfast in the morning and at night only leaving them with one meal per day … Helped served meals to the kids during lunch and played in the schoolyard during recess.

The 2019 Wuerffel Award winner will be announced at the National Football Foundation’s festivities in New York City on December 10.