December 8, 2022

Dillan Gibbons Wins Wuerffel Trophy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State offensive lineman Dillan Gibbons is the winner of the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy, it was announced Thursday evening live on ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

The Wuerffel Trophy, established in 2005 and named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, is presented annually to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field.

Gibbons is the first winner of college football’s premier award for community service from the ACC and only the second from a Florida school, joining 2008 winner Tim Tebow. Gibbons will be recognized during the Heisman Trophy festivities this weekend in New York City and will be officially presented his trophy in February at the All Sports Association Awards Banquet in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Gibbons, who was voted captain of the 2022 Allstate Good Works Team and winner of this year’s Jim Tatum Award as the ACC’s top senior football scholar-athlete, has established a non-profit foundation to raise funds for those in need. His foundation partners with collegiate ambassadors across college football and connects with charitable causes they are passionate about, including those with special medical needs, shopping with children in the community and repairing damage caused by natural disasters. His efforts have resulted in nearly $500,000 being raised to support meaningful causes throughout the college football community.

Gibbons earned first-team All-ACC accolades as he blocked for one of the most explosive and efficient offenses in the country this season. Florida State leads the nation with 88 plays of at least 20 yards and is second nationally with seven touchdown drives of at least 90 yards and with 15 touchdown drives of 80-plus yards. The Seminoles also lead the ACC and rank third nationally in third-down percentage, converting 51.9 percent of their opportunities, and have scored on 26 of 28 red zone possessions during their current five-game winning streak while ranking second in the conference with a 70.5 touchdown percentage this season in the red zone. FSU is one of three teams in the country, and the only team in the ACC, averaging at least 250 passing yards and at least 210 rushing yards per game.

The St. Petersburg native, who was named the ACC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week following Florida State’s 45-3 win at Miami, has helped pave the way for Florida State to rush for more than 200 yards in a school-record-tying seven consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation and FSU’s longest streak since 1987. The Seminoles lead the ACC in yards per rush and rushing yards per game, averaging 5.50 yards per rush to rank 10th in the country, and gaining 217.8 yards per game, the 12th-highest average nationally. Florida State’s offense also is ninth in the country with an average of 6.86 yards per play, 13th gaining an average of 475.7 yards of total offense per game and 17th with an average of 36.2 points per game. FSU also is first in the ACC and 11th in the country averaging 13.94 yards per completion and third in the ACC and 20th nationally in pass efficiency.

Gibbons and the 13th-ranked FSU football team will complete their season at the Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando against Oklahoma on Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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