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Ferguson Named Preseason Candidate for Wuerffel Award

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Ferguson Named Preseason Candidate for Wuerffel Award

BATON ROUGE – LSU long snapper Blake Ferguson is one of 93 players nationwide that has been named as a preseason candidate for the Wuerffel Trophy, the Chick-fil-A Foundation announced on Thursday.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented each February in Fort Walton Beach.  Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the Football Bowl Subdivision player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
LSU center Rudy Niswanger was the first winner of the Wuerffel Trophy, capturing the honor as a senior in 2005.
Ferguson is one of only 10 players on this year’s list that was also named as a candidate for the Wuerffel Trophy last year.
Ferguson, who enters his fourth season as LSU’s starting long snapper, is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and currently just one semester away from earning his master’s degree in business administration. Ferguson received his undergraduate degree from LSU in marketing in May of 2018.
Among his other contributions include serving as the chair of the SEC Football Leadership Council, being named a permanent team captain for the 2018 LSU football team and being selected to represent the Tigers on the 2018 SEC Community Service Team.
Ferguson has twice been a nominee for the American Football Coaches Good Works Team, which is an honor given to those players for the impact they make off the field.
On the field, Ferguson has appeared in 38 games for the Tigers, earning first team All-America honors from Phil Steele Magazine following the 2018 season.
Away from football, Ferguson is active in many community service endeavors including being an advocate for the American Diabetes Association and their research initiatives. In the spring of 2018, Ferguson was invited to Washington D.C. for the “Call to Congress” which was an effort by the ADA to help raise awareness and raise money for diabetes research.
He’s also spent time away from football taking part in events such as the Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine, which is a prom for special needs members of the Baton Rouge community as well as participating in Athletes for Hope, which facilitates community service in the Baton Rouge area.