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Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram nominated for the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy

Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram nominated for the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy

If you’re looking for a college football player who is the epitome of talent on the field and is an outstanding young man off the field, look no further than Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram. The Powder Springs, Georgia native has been named a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy, college football’s top community service award.

Engram represented Ole Miss at the 2015 SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. (Photo credit: Bentley Breland, The Rebel Walk)

Engram represented Ole Miss at the 2015 SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. (Photo credit: Bentley Breland, The Rebel Walk)

The Wuerffel Trophy, presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy Winner Danny Wuerffel, a quarterback for the University of Florida.

“Our country is filled with high quality, high character young men playing football, and our mission is to shine the spotlight on them and all the great work they do in their communities,” Wuerffel said.

The award, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is voted on by a National Selection Committee that consists of college football print and television media, former head coaches, prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients and industry notables.

Last year’s winner of the prestigious award was Ole Miss’ Deterrian Shackelford, a standout defensive player and two-time Chucky Mullins Courage Award winner.

Prior to the start of this season, Engram was named Preseason All-America first team by Phil Steele, Lindy’s, The Kickoff and CFB Matrix, as well as second team All-American by Sporting News and Athlon.

Engram is also on the John Mackey Award watch list and is a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team. Engram is considered by many to be the No. 1 tight end prospect in the 2016 NFL draft class.

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Engram ranks in the top four in Rebel history in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs by a tight end. (Photo credit: Bentley Breland, The Rebel Walk)

While only a junior, Engram now ranks in the top four in Ole Miss history in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a tight end. Last season, he also set a single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end.

Off the field, Engram’s character is unquestioned. His faith is paramount in his life, and he remains actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also devotes time to the mentally and physically challenged through both Special Olympics and the local developmental school.

Engram is the son of Derrick Engram and Michelle Zelina. His sister, Mackenzie, is a standout basketball player for the University of Georgia women’s basketball team.

Congrats to Evan!

Feature image credit: Amanda Swain, Swain Photography

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

1 Comment

  1. Carl Tetrick

    Congrats Evan !!!! Chance’s Grandfather

    Reply

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