WSU's Allison named to Wuerffel watch list

COUGAR SENIOR LINEBACKER Jeremiah Allison was named to the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy watch list, Washington State SID said in a release Wednesday. Allison, who was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention this past season, posted the third-most tackles on the team despite not starting until the fourth game.

The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

On the field, Allison last season won the starting WIL job after the nonconference slate. He went on to post 78 tackles, with 8.5 for loss.

He and senior offensive tackle Joe Dahl will accompany Mike Leach to Burbank for the Pac-12 Media Days at the end of this month.

Allison, who has never redshirted, came in for extended plaudits from Leach this spring for the way the 6-2, 228-pounder rallied to the ball, racing across the field to make tackles along the sideline.

Allison has been involved with many community service projects in and around Pullman throughout his three years at Washington State including Habitat for Humanity, the Washington State Athletics Reading Buddies with local elementary schools, Sr. Buddies at the local retirement home and Butch’s Holiday Bash for local children.

He was the recent recipient of the WSU athletic community service award and also works with a local church, setting up weekly bible studies in addition to speaking with local individuals who lost their parent or parents. Allison's mother, Lucille, fell into a coma his senior year in high school and passed away two days before his first game at Washington State.

Last season, Allison was named to the All State Good Works Team for his charitable work and community work.

Semifinalists for the Wuerffel Trophy will be announced on Nov. 3, with the finalists announced on November 24. The winner will be named on December 8.

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