Nov. 10, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University safety Chima Nwachukwu has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. The 2010 Wuerffel Trophy winner will be announced next month.
A 2009 ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-American, Nwachukwu, a native of Allen, Texas, is a four-year starter in the Cougar defensive backfield. This season he has played in just five games, missing five due to injury. He was named to the 2010 CoSIDA All-Academic District VIII First Team earlier this month.
The senior posted a 4.0 GPA during his sophomore and junior years and served as WSU's 2009-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president. Additionally, Nwachukwu has assisted in several community outreach programs, including the Cougs Helping Haiti Fundraiser, Nike Shoe Drive and Reading Buddies, a program where student-athletes volunteer once a week to read to elementary school students.
Nwachukwu is the second Cougar in the past four years to be a Wuerffel Trophy finalist, joining former teammate Alex Brink. Earlier this season Nwachukwu was named one of 30 NCAA® football bowl subdivision student-athletes candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in football, a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award and a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award.
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.