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Shaquem Griffin nominated to Wuerffel Trophy watch list

Griffin nominated for third award for actions on, off field

TAMPA, FL - Quarterback Quinton Flowers of the South Florida Bulls breaks free from linebacker Shaquem Griffin #18 of the UCF Knights during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on November 26, 2016. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - Quarterback Quinton Flowers of the South Florida Bulls breaks free from linebacker Shaquem Griffin #18 of the UCF Knights during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on November 26, 2016. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Shaquem Griffin has garnered attention left and right over his successful college career. From being a leader on the field, making spectacular plays and having an active role in the UCF community, Griffin has embodied what it means to be a UCF Knight.

Now, he's been nationally recognized, nominated to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list, garnering his third award nomination. 

Now part of a record-breaking list of nominated athletes for their actions on and off the field, Griffin joins 108 other players for the award list honoring college football's top community servant.

Griffin, who was previously nominated to the Bronko Narguski Trophy watch list and Chuch Bednarik Award watch list, now has the chance to also be named college football's best defensive standout player and best defensive player overall.

The winner of the award will be selected by the National Selection Committee and semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 2 with finalists announced on Nov. 22. 

Past winners of the award include Joel Penton, Barrett Jones, Trevor Knight and Tim Tebow. 

During his time spent on the field in 2016, Griffin garnered the AAC Defensive Player of the Year award, started in all 13 games for UCF and led the team in sacks.