COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle is on the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Sprinkle, who graduated in May with his degree in family resource management, is one of the leaders of a talented and deep defensive line. He worked hard to become a starter for the Buckeyes last year, but he injured his knee in his first career start and missed the remainder of the season.
The Elyria, Ohio, native's community service efforts are plentiful and include: working at the Nationwide Children's Hospital telethon; spending an afternoon with kids at the Martin Luther King Arts Complex; packing boxes of food at the LifeCare Alliance and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank on multiple occasions; visiting numerous schools to read to second graders as part of the 2nd and 7 Foundation; visiting patients at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; and completing outreach efforts at Linden McKinley and with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The Wuerffel Trophy announced its watch list today with a record 108 players from college football's Football Bowl Subdivision. The award is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach Florida and is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel.
2017 Ohio State Football Preseason Honors
• DT Tracy Sprinkle
Paul Hornung Award
• H-B Parris Campbell
Jim Thorpe Award
• CB Denzel Ward
• C Billy Price
John Mackey Award
• TE Marcus Baugh
Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
• QB J.T. Barrett