MANHATTAN — Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson was named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy on Thursday.
The Wuerffel Trophy honors a college football player who combines community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Thompson, a senior and two-time team captain from Independence, Mo., will be a third-year starter for the Wildcats. This is the sixth straight year that a K-State player has been up for the award, including offensive lineman Dalton Risner, who was a 2018 finalist.
Thompson has been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters for several years and has reached out to struggling youth, stemming from his own adversity growing up. His first-person story, "In His Own Words — Keep Surviving," won a regional writing contest award from CoSIDA.
Last season, Thompson received all-Big 12 honorable mention after passing for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns, plus rushing for 405 yards and 11 scores.
Other K-State players on preseason watch lists include junior defensive end and Topeka product Wyatt Hubert for the Bednarik Award and Bronco Nagurski Trophy and senior kicker Blake Lynch, of Goddard, for the Lou Groza Award.