Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Cody Wilson is one of eights finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy
Wilson Named a Wuerffel Trophy Finalist
MOUNT PLEASANT — For the second consecutive year, Central Michigan senior wide receiver Cody Wilson has been selected as a finalist for the Wuerrfel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

"The All Sports Association membership is honored to recognize the 2012 Wuerffel Trophy finalists and nominees,” commented Chad Hamilton, President of the All Sports Association, a charitable organization based in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. “These student athletes embody the Wuerffel Trophy traits of service, character, and excellence, and they are outstanding ambassadors for college football.”

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

Joining Wilson as finalists for the 2012 Wuerffel Trophy are BYU quarterback Riley Nelson, Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Kentucky center Matt Smith, Ohio State punter Ben Buchanan, Oklahoma offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, and USC quarterback Matt Barkley.

Wilson has committed himself to making a difference in the lives of others through his involvement in various humanitarian and community service initiatives. He has led or organized mission trips to Georgia and Florida to build or restore houses for the homeless with Habitat for Humanity. Wilson has also been actively involved in mentoring elementary and middle school-aged children, including speaking to students about making health choices at assemblies, reading to them, helping with homework, or exercising with them. Over the past two summers, he has visited "Camp New Day" to spend time with children whose parents had been incarcerated, talking to them about making good life choices. Wilson is also a leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the Central Michigan campus.

Wilson has established himself as one of the greatest receivers in program history during his time in Mount Pleasant. With 214 receptions and 2,578 receiving yards for his career, he ranks third and fifth, respectively, in the CMU record book. This season, Wilson, a team co-captain, leads the Chippewas with 58 receptions and ranks second in receiving yards (689) and receiving yards per game (68.9) Wilson is tied for tops in the MAC in 100-yard receiving games with four and ranks eighth in receptions per game (5.8). Testament to his consistency and reliability, Wilson has caught at least one pass in 39 consecutive games, a streak that is tied for second in the nation among active players.

Also an excellent student, Wilson boasts a 3.66 grade point average in marketing. He was recently voted a Capital One Academic All-District® First Team honoree for the third consecutive year and will advance to the national ballot with the chance to earn Academic All-America recognition. In 2011, the two-time Academic All-MAC selection earned Capital One Academic All-America® Second Team honors.

A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors, selection committee members and past winners, will vote on the finalists later this month, and the winner will be formally announced on December 4.

“It seems like every year the bios of these young men get more and more amazing. And this year is no different. I continue to be greatly encouraged by all the things these guys do to serve others,” said Danny Wuerffel.

The 2012 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association’s 44th Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Wilson will play his final game in the Maroon and Gold at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday when Miami (Ohio) visits Mount Pleasant for a MAC cross-divisional clash with the Chippewas on Senior Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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