Nov. 11, 2013
Georgia Tech senior offensive lineman Will Jackson was named one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
The honors are rolling in for Jackson, who earned his undergraduate degree in May and is playing his final season of football while enrolled in Georgia Tech’s MBA program. Last week Jackson was named CoSIDA Academic All-District, earning him a spot on the national ballot for Academic All-America.
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 NFL and received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts.
Jackson is one of three offensive linemen among the group of finalists.
The finalists include:
Hayden Tippett, Sr., FB — Army
Dave Harding, Sr., OL — Duke
Aaron Murray, Sr., QB — Georgia
WillJackson, Sr., OL — Georgia Tech
Nathan Scheelhaase, Sr., QB — Illinois
James Morris, Sr., LB — Iowa
Jacob Karam, Sr., QB — Memphis
Chris Hawthorne, Sr., K — Minnesota
Gabe Ikard, Sr., OL — Oklahoma
Ryan Alderman, Sr., WR — Temple
Eric Soza, Sr., QB — UTSA
Carey Spear, Sr., K — Vanderbilt
Finalists will be voted on later this month. The winner will be announced December 10.
Jackson has started all nine games for the 6-3 Yellow Jackets, which rank fifth nationally in rushing offense. He has started at both guard and tackle this season for Georgia Tech, which is bowl-eligible for the 17th consecutive season.
Jackson has played in 44 career games with a team-best 38 starts. He is a three-time Academic All-ACC selection.