Forrest Lamp and Marcus Ward named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

WKU’s offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) and running back Anthony Wales (20) celebrate after Wales scored a touchdown during the Hilltoppers’ 49-28 win over Marhsall on Friday at L.T. Smith Stadium. The Hilltoppers clinched the C-USA East Division championship with the win and will now host the C-USA Football Championship Game on Sat. Dec. 5.

John Reecer

Rising senior offensive lineman Forrest Lamp and rising senior defensive back Marcus Ward were both named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List on Wednesday.

The duo was two of 88 total players on the watch list and two of 10 Conference-USA selections. 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, Fla.

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.

Semifinalists for the award will be announced on November 3, followed by finalists being named on November 23. The winner of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy winner will be on December 6 at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City.

Lamp was named a Second Team All-American by and the top tackle from the group of five leagues by the publication, while also earning a place on the All-C-USA first team.

As a junior, Lamp did not allow a tackle and just 11 quarterback pressures, while anchoring a line that finished the year No. 19 nationally in fewest sacks allowed with just 16.

Ward started all 14 games at strong safety for the Hilltoppers in 2015. He picked up C-USA All-Academic Honors for his work in the classroom.

He tallied 57 tackles (37 solo) and a career-best 7.5 tackles for loss, including multiple TFL games against Louisiana Tech (2.0-11) and Middle Tennessee (2.5-21).

Ward earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Louisiana Tech game when he had a career-high 11 tackles (six solo) to go along with a pair of TFLs, a forced fumble, and two pass breakups. 

According to a press release from WKU Athletics, the pair of seniors have assisted freshmen students moving into their dorms on campus and have went along with teammates as a part of Red Across America to read to kids at Lost River Elementary School.

Around the Holiday season, Ward assisted with the Church on Main Street store, delivering gifts to kids in low income housing areas in the community.

The duo pushes WKU’s watch list honorees to seven, joining Max Halpin (Rimington), Taywan Taylor (Maxwell, Biletnikoff) and Nicholas Norris (Biletnikoff).

Lamp has also been named to the Outland Trophy Watch List this season. More watch list announcements will be made later this week.