Grayling Love Named Wuerffel Trophy Finalist

Nov. 10, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University senior center Grayling Love was named one of 13 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, according to an announcement by the All Sports Association this week.

The Wuerffel Trophy is a national award that will honor a college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

A 2004 graduate with a bachelor's degree in finance, Love was one of two players in the Pac-10 to earn first-team all-league honors for his work on the field and in the classroom. He also earned first-team Academic All-District honors and was the recipient of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame postgraduate scholarship (Valley of the Sun chapter).

A four-year starter who has played at every spot on the line, Love made the move to center this year and was listed as the third-best center in the country by the Sporting News this preseason. He started all 12 games in 2004, including six at left tackle and six at right guard, and was a key contributor on a passing offense that led the Pac-10 and ranked fifth in the nation at 317.3 yards per game. He was named the Hard Hat Co-Champion for his work in ASU's offseason strength and conditioning program.

A starter in the season's first seven games of 2005 before getting injured, Love is also a candidate for 2005 Outland Trophy, which has been presented annually to the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman since 1946. He has also been selected as a finalist (announced Oct. 27) for the 2005 Draddy Trophy, also known as the 'Academic Heisman', awarded to the student-athlete who best combines academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

A voting committee, which includes 10 prominent Wuerffel Trophy regional directors, will vote on the finalists and the winner will be announced later this month.

The Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association's Awards Banquet in February.

The Wuerffel Trophy is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League and most recently has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans.

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