TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State redshirt sophomore Alec Eberle was named a nominee for two major awards Wednesday that center around his extensive community service efforts and excellence in the classroom. The Mechanicsville, Va. native was named a nominee for the Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team and to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list.
Eberle appeared in 10 games for the Seminoles in 2015 and made six starts at center. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for the record-setting season of pre-season All-American Dalvin Cook. During his six starts, which came in the final six games of 2015, FSU averaged 34.2 points, 190.2 rushing yards and 429.4 total yards, while yielding just seven sacks.
Off the field, Eberle serves as the Florida State Chapter President for Uplifting Athletes and led an effort to raise over $16,000 for Fanconi anemia research at Lift for Life event. He has also spearheaded efforts to raise money via Touchdown Drives during games. Eberle received the Top 6 for Service award this spring from the ACC. It is an award
presented to only six student-athletes from each university for their community
On top of leading efforts to raise awareness and donations, Eberle also volunteers and participates to help raise money for Dance Marathon, a year-long effort that culminates into an annual 40-hour event, where more than 1,800 students stay awake and on their feet to raise money and awareness for local Tallahassee beneficiaries. He consistently volunteers to speak to high school and middle school students about the importance of education and the challenges of college and life and volunteered for Kidz1stFund event where students were swabbed to see if they can be a match to be a bone marrow donor.
Mixed in with his charitable efforts and work on the football field, Eberle posted a 3.0 GPA during the Spring 2016 semester as an International Affairs major and was named to the ACC Honor Roll.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team award, which was established in 1992 to recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others. For 25 years, the players selected have carried on the award’s mission by demonstrating that ‘good works’ extend beyond the football field.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.