Nov. 9, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University junior quarterback Alex Brink has been named one of 11 finalists for the second annual Wuerffel Trophy, the All Sports Association, Inc., announced. The Wuerffel Trophy is a national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
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.
Brink, a native of Eugene, Ore., has been heavily involved in community service projects during his four years in Pullman, especially projects involving kids. Those commitments include being part of the reading programs at both Sunnyside and Franklin Elementary Schools, career days at elementary schools where he talks about the importance of getting a college education, Junior Cougar Day, Butch's Bash and was one of two student-athletes to participate in an exchange program with International Christian University in Kasai, Japan. The delegation exchanged ideas and discussed differences in student-athlete life, specifically the expectations and motivations of today's student-athlete. Additionally, Alex has participated in toy drives, canned food drives and other community-oriented projects in his hometown of Eugene.
Brink is pursuing a degree in sport management where he carries a 3.54 GPA. Earlier this week he was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII First Team and was a Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic first team member last season. Brink is a member of the honors college at WSU and serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Council for WSU.
On the field Brink has led the Cougars to a 6-4 mark this season, including an upset win over No. 16 Oregon where he completed his final 17 passes, setting the school record. On the season Brink has completed 195 of 312 passes for 2410 yards, second-most in the Pac-10 and 16th nationally. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a win at UCLA, Oct. 28. He ranks among the national leaders in passing yards and total offense and has moved into the WSU career Top 5 in several quarterbacking categories.
A committee that includes 10 prominent Wuerffel Trophy national directors will vote on the finalists and the winner will be announced in the next month. The Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association's Awards Banquet in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in February.