BOONE, N.C. — The preseason watch list for the 2018 Wuerffel Trophy, which is given to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement, includes Appalachian State senior defensive tackle MyQuon Stout.
Stout’s 41 tackles last season rank first among the Sun Belt Conference’s returning interior linemen, and he’ll enter 2018 as a third-year starter who has been named a preseason All-Sun Belt second-team selection by the league’s coaches and media. Revered by coaches for his leadership and selflessness in filling a blue-collar role in the middle of App State’s defensive line, he was named a team captain as a junior.
In the last year, Stout also volunteered time for Operation Christmas Child from Samaritan’s Purse, a read-along program from the Children’s Council of Watauga County, the completion of a Habitat for Humanity home project in Watauga County, a soap and shampoo drive for the Global Brigade, the Health and Hunger Coalition, the Humane Society of Watauga County and the Omar Carter Foundation.
A native of Salisbury, N.C., Stout carries a strong GPA and has produced some of his best on-field performances against App State’s toughest competition. He had six tackles last season against eventual FBS runner-up Georgia and three tackles, one stop for a loss and one quarterback hurry in the 2016 opener at Tennessee.
Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is presented annually at the All Sports Association’s Awards Banquet in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 1, and finalists will be announced Nov. 19.
The formal announcement of the 2018 recipient will be made at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York on Dec. 4, and the presentation will occur Feb. 15 in Fort Walton Beach.