TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State linebacker DeCalon Brooks has been named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, it was announced Thursday.
Brooks has established himself as one of Florida State’s most active student-athletes in the community, contributing more than 60 hours of service in the 2018-19 school year. He accrued those hours by working with various organizations and events, including the American Red Cross, Literacy Week, Purpose Build, Kickin’ it for Autism, Kearny Center and Big Bend Hospice. The sophomore also spearheaded FSU’s “Lift for Life” event, which was put on in conjunction with Uplifting Athletes to raise funds for the fight against rare diseases.
Following Hurricane Michael, the only Category 5 hurricane ever to make landfall in the Florida panhandle, Brooks joined 40 FSU student-athletes on a service trip to assist in clean up and repair efforts in Panama City. Brooks serves as the team’s liaison for student services and helped organize the football team’s efforts, which had the fourth-highest total among FSU’s 18 varsity sports with a total of 706 hours. For his efforts, Brooks was awarded the ACC Top 6 for Service honor.
On the field, Brooks played in the final 11 games of 2018 and made seven starts, recording 46 tackles, including 3.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The Tampa native made his first start at Syracuse and registered a career-high nine tackles. Two weeks later, Brooks was named ACC Linebacker of the Week after matching his career-high tackles total and adding a career-best 2.0 tackles for loss with 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry in a 28-24 win at Louisville.
The Wuerffel Trophy is named for Fort Walton Beach native and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel and is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 5 with the announcement of finalists set for Nov. 18. The winner will be announced Dec. 10 at the National Football Foundation festivities in New York City.
Florida State opens its 2019 season against Boise State in Jacksonville on Aug. 31. Tickets for the 7 p.m. kickoff can be purchased here. Ticket options for the six games inside Doak Campbell Stadium, including a Nov. 2 matchup with rival Miami, are available here.