TU’s Dane Evans Loaded with Accolades
Courtesy University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa senior Dane Evans has been honored by the 2016 Allstate Good Works Team as one of 165 nominees as announced by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (), the preseason watch list as one of 88 candidates for the Wuerffel Trophy, and he is among 30 of the nation’s top college quarterbacks named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
The Allstate Good Works Team is one of the most coveted off-the-field honors in college football. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1992 to recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others.
Evans has been involved in volunteering for a number of community events in the Tulsa area as well as his hometown of Sanger, Texas.
The senior quarterback, who earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science this past May, has played in 33 career games and has 30 starts. He has completed 56 percent of his passes for 8,332 career yards and 52 TDs to rank fourth on both the school’s all-time lists for passing yards and TD passes.
In 2015, Evans completed 62.9-percent of his passes for 4,332 yards and 25 TDs for the school’s second-best passing season, becoming only the second quarterback in school history to surpass 3,000 passing yards in two separate seasons. He ranked first in the American Athletic Conference for passing yards per game (333.2) and total offense (332.5), and third for passing efficiency (151.6).
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Former Golden Hurricane quarterback Paul Smith won the award in 2007, becoming just the third recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy. Evans has been involved in volunteering for a number of community events in the Tulsa area as well as his hometown of Sanger, Texas.
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away nearly $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
Tulsa opens the season on Sept. 3 with a 6 p.m. home game against San Jose State. Season tickets are available online at TulsaHurricane.com or by calling 918-631-GoTU (4688).