UCF senior offensive linemen Jordan and Justin McCray became the first brothers in history to be nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is handed out to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
First presented in 2005, the Wuerffel Trophy is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, and is presented by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The finalists will be released Nov. 8, with the formal announcement of the winner set for Dec. 9. The presentation will be made at the 45th Annual All Sports Awards Banquet on Feb. 7 in Fort Walton Beach.
Twin brothers from Miami and Southridge High School, the McCrays will be back in the community next week when they will be speaking at the United Way Day of Caring at the Morgridge Reading Center on UCF’s campus Thursday, Oct. 24, at 1:30 p.m. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, and will host approximately 75 students from the organization. The UCF spirit squad, Knightro and other guest speakers will be in attendance.
The McCrays are current members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and recently recorded a grade-point average above a 3.0 for both the spring and summer semesters. They are on track to graduate in the spring of 2014 with bachelor of arts degrees in interpersonal/organizational communication with minors in business.
In the last two years, Jordan and Justin have visited the FC Sports Camp, Avalon Middle School, Boys Town Field Day, Orlando Youth Football Clinic and the Orange County Public Library. They have been vocal leaders throughout their collegiate careers, and lead by example. UCF Professor of African American Studies Donald Harrell says, “If all college athletes carry themselves the way the McCrays do, the world will be a better place.”
On the field, the duo earned spots on the 2010 Conference USA All-Freshman Team. Justin would make five starts at right guard in 2011 before starting seven games at right tackle and seven more at right guard in 2012. Meanwhile, Jordan appeared in 11 games in 2011 and also started all 14 games a year ago, either at left or right guard.
Through five games in 2013, the McCrays have each started 19 straight contests and are blocking for an offense that ranks second in the American Athletic Conference in passing efficiency, and the Knights are averaging 31.8 points per game and have racked up 10 rushing touchdowns.
UCF (4-1, 1-0) is preparing for a trip to No. 8/6 Louisville (6-0, 2-0) Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
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