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Cindric And Paster Named To Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

Jul 28, 2022
The selections of Matthew Cindric and Trey Paster marks the first time Cal has had a pair of student-athletes on the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List.

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – Cal's Matthew Cindric and Trey Paster were named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Foundation on Thursday. The selection of Cindric and Paster marks the first time Cal has had more than one person on the honor's watch list. The Wuerffel Trophy is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida and awarded annually to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Below are notes on Cindric and Paster with their extended bios available by clicking on their names.
Matthew Cindric, OL, 6-4, 295, R-Sr., 5th Season At Cal (Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS)
— Has been named watch lists in the preseason prior to his 2022 senior campaign for the Rimington Trophy honorand the Wuerffel Trophy, while also earning preseason All-Pac-12 honors from Athlon (third team), Phil Steele (fourth team) and the Pac-12 media (honorable mention)
— Has played in 28 games with 27 starts over the past three seasons with 14 starts at right guard and 13 at center including 11 of 12 contests in his 2021 junior campaign when he earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors from the league's coaches
— Helped Cal roll up over 500 total yards of offense in three contests as a 2021 junior (636 at Stanford, 534 vs. Sacramento State, 517 vs. Oregon State) and more than 200 yards rushing on four occasions (352 at Stanford, 255 vs. Oregon State, 246 vs. Sacramento State, 213 vs. Colorado)
— Helped Cal break a Big Game record as a 2021 junior with 636 total yards of offense that were its most since also compiling 636 in a double overtime home win over Oregon in 2016, while the Golden Bears' 352 rushing yards were their most since rushing for 431 against Washington in 2008
— Has earned a spot on the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll for each of the last three consecutive seasons from 2019-21
— Picked up Cal's Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award for his outstanding athletic ability and academic success as both a 2019 redshirt freshman and 2021 junior when he also added COSIDA Academic-All District 8 honors
— A member of Cal's player leadership council and involved in a multitude of campus and community activities and groups including Athletes In Action and the Cameron Institute
— Graduated from Cal's Haas School of Business in May of 2022 and is enrolled in a master's degree program in Cal's Graduate School of Education
Trey Paster, ILB, 6-2, 220, Jr., 3rd Season At Cal (Merced, CA/Buhach Colony HS)
— Has played in 15 career games including five starts all as a 2021 sophomore and contributed 26 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss (-12 yards), three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries that he has returned for 55 yards including a 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown in season finale of his 2021 sophomore campaign against USC
— Has recorded all of his stats as a 2021 sophomore other than four games played and one tackle that he registered as a 2020 freshman
— Switched to inside linebacker prior to 2021 spring football after mostly playing safety and the team's star position (hybrid safety and inside linebacker) as well as on special teams a 2020 freshman
— Cal's nominee for the prestigious Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® prior to his 2022 junior campaign for his work in the Bay Area community and in his hometown of Merced, Calif.
— Has established the non-profit Seven Pillars Foundation to inspire and teach others about the traits that could be carried out and applied through all aspects of life and to help people in different communities, students, student-athletes and anyone with the desire to achieve higher goals and be successful
— One of four Cal student-athletes in 2021-22 to earn The Walter A. Haas Jr. Community Service Award given annually to a student-athlete for his or her outstanding contribution to community service to honor Walter A. Haas Jr. for his commitment and service to the University and larger community
The Wuerffel Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit and @NCFAA on Twitter to learn more about the association.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 15-day period this month. Sixteen of the association's 25 awards are presenting their preseason watch list during this time as the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates.  

Following is the complete 2022 NCFAA preseason watch list calendar.
Monday, July 18: Maxwell Award
Tuesday, July 19: Davey O'Brien Award
Wednesday, July 20: Doak Walker Award
Thursday, July 21: Biletnikoff Award
Friday, July 22: John Mackey Award, Rimington Trophy
Monday, July 25: Butkus Award & Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Tuesday, July 26: Bronko Nagurski Trophy & Outland Trophy
Wednesday, July 27: Lou Groza Award & Ray Guy Award
Thursday, July 28: Paul Hornung Award & Wuerffel Trophy
Friday, July 29: Walter Camp Award
Monday, August 1: Bednarik Award