Kentucky offensive linemen Luke Fortner and Landon Young have been named to the 2020 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. The two are among 112 other candidates for the honor, which is known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.”
Both football players have been a big part of the success of the Kentucky offensive line known as the “Big Blue Wall,” but also have striven in off-the-field community help.
Senior offensive tackle Landon Young made the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team last season for his efforts in service including visiting nursing homes and guest speaking at churches and schools among many more helpful acts.
As for senior offensive linemen Luke Fortner, he has made countless visits to children’s hospitals as part of a project “Lift Them Up,” and continued to make the visits with now grad assistant CJ Conrad in 2019 as part of a program created by Conrad called “Tuesdays With Wildcats.” He has stayed active even through the Covid-19 pandemic, answering submitted questions from kids by taping videos with UK senior punter Max Duffy and sending them to Kentucky Children’s Hospital for eight weeks.
Fortner has been involved with Duffy in that program, called “In the Huddle with KCH,” and so much more, earning him a spot on the watch list.
This is not the first time that we have seen a Kentucky player’s name and the Wuerffel Trophy in the same sentence, as Courtney Love won the award in 2017.