By Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rice senior punter James Farrimond is among 80 college football players who have been nominated for the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy, which was released by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Wednesday.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association. 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.
A former walk-on who took over as the Owls punter in 2013 and also filled in as a placekicker last year, Farrimond has been a consistent participant in the Owls’ various community activities in addition to posting a 3.64 GPA with a double major in Economics and Sport Management. He averaged 42 yards on 68 punts last season in addition to hitting on 8/11 field goals and converting all 25 PATs in his first action as a place kicker. His 49 points were good for second on the squad.
Off the field, Farrimond has been an active participant in the Owls’ annual International Students Clinic as well as the annual Challenger League game, Sunshine Kids activities and the Freshman Move-In. He also was instrumental in setting up a fund raising web page for the Owls’ honorary team member, Fre'derick “Ziggy” Stoval-Redd.
Rice opens the 2015 season on September 5 when they host Wagner at Rice Stadium. The Owls will open training camp for the 2015 season on August 6. Season ticket and min season ticket plans are currently on sale at Rice Athletic Ticket Office at Tudor Fieldhouse, by phone at (173) 348-OWLS or online