Being a center at Oklahoma must just mean something when it comes to community service. For the second time in three years, the Sooners have earned the Wuerffel Trophy.
This time around the honor goes to captain Ty Darlington for what is called college football’s premier award for community service, who was in New York to accept the award Tuesday morning.
"It's an incredible honor, more than anything because all of the people who have won this before me are incredible men, and because it's a service award," said Darlington in a press release. "It's also humbling. I never did any of this on my own.
“All the different activities I did with other people, because of other people and for other people. So while it's an individual honor, I want to be able to share it with all the people I did the stuff with. I couldn't have done those things by myself."
Darlington graduated from OU in less than three years with a 3.91 GPA and is working on his master’s in Adult and Higher Education.
He is serving as 2015-16 president of the Big 12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (served as 2014-15 vice president), is one of 15 Division I student-athletes who serves on the NCAA's autonomy legislation committee and was president of the OU Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Darlington also served as 2014-15 president of the OU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helped lead the OU football volunteer efforts following the devastating tornadoes that hit Oklahoma in May 2013, volunteers at Oklahoma's Children's Hospital special events, has traveled to Haiti three times as part of the Mission of Hope (earthquake damage relief) and has served as a volunteer football coach at Apopka High School every year since graduation.
Voting for the Wuerffel Trophy was performed by a national selection committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients.
The presentation of the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 47th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on Feb. 12, 2016, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
The Wuerffel Trophy 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 around the country.
"Me growing up in Florida, (Wuerffel) is a legend in the state for what he did with the Gators," said Darlington. "I was young when he was in his prime, but knowing who he was and hearing all about him, it was an incredible honor to meet him. I never would have thought that would be someone I'd be shaking hands with and taking pictures with when I got here to OU."
Former OU center Gabe Ikard was the 2013 recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy.