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Stefan McClure Named To Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

Posted July 16, 2015 by in

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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Cal senior safety Stefan McClure was named Wednesday to the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List as one of 80 players currently under consideration for the honor that awards the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. The award is presented annually by the All Sports Association and named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel of Florida.

McClure has consistently been involved in community service throughout his Cal career and his worked with several organizations including the Alameda Juvenile Hall, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Cleveland Middle School, High Street Boys and Girls Club, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Martin Luther King Middle School, Playworks, Rise Community School, Sage Mentorship Program and the S.Q.U.I.R.E.S. program at San Quentin State Prison. McClure is also heavily involved as a peer advisor and mentor and has spoken on behalf of or represented Cal Athletics or Cal football on several occasions including the aftermath of Ted Agu’s passing, 2014 Pac-12 Football Media Days, and as a sideline reporter for Pac-12 Networks during Cal’s 2015 spring game.

McClure was also a member of the Chancellor’s Task Force on Academics and Athletics working with the school’s Director of Athletics to identify academic problems within the athletics department and then helped to develop a plan to improve graduation rates for student-athletes, as well as the Cal football student-athlete academic council.

McClure is on track to graduate from Cal in December with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and has aspirations of becoming a collegiate Director of Athletics,

McClure, a 2015 fourth-team preseason All-Pac-12 pick by Phil Steele, has also been productive throughout his collegiate career on the field despite injuries that have caused him to miss 25 of 49 possible games over his four seasons including his entire 2012 sophomore campaign and parts of each of his other three seasons. McClure has still managed to play in 24 contests and is fourth among active Cal players on the defensive side of the ball with 15 career starts over his first four campaigns with the program. He has career totals of 104 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-13 yards), two interceptions, seven pass breakups, nine passes defended and two fumble recoveries. McClure had his biggest season as a 2014 junior when he recorded multiple career highs including 50 tackles and was one of only two players on the season to intercept Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.

Semifinalists for the Wuerffel Trophy will be announced on November 3 and finalists on November 24. Formal announcement of the winner will be on December 8 at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City. The presentation of the 2015 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 47th annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on February 12, 2016 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

McClure was also announced Tuesday as a nominee for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® that recognizes college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.

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