Williams Finalist for Wuerffel Trophy

West Virginia senior linebacker Reed Williams is a finalist for the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

Reed Williams, who has battled injury throughout his career at West Virginia, has 40 tackles and six pass break-ups to date despite missing all or parts of five games with injuries. He is the only Big East player among the 12 finalists for the trophy.

The award is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators 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.

"The membership of the All Sports Association is excited and proud of the Wuerffel finalists presented in this year's class," commented All Sports President Robert McEachern. "The process of selecting the finalists was difficult because of the outstanding quality of our nominations. The nominations clearly revealed we have great student/athletes, as well as men of character and service. We are honored to recognize them and how they help reflect upon what is really good in college football."

A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors and selection committee members will vote on the finalists later this month, and the winner will be formally announced on December 8.

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