Brookins nominated for Wuerffel Trophy

When his friend was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, Indiana running back Ricky Brookins led a fundraising effort to help offset the costs of medical treatment.

The rest of the college football world took notice.

This week, Brookins was nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented annually to the player who best combines community service with athletic and academic achievement.

In April, Brookins started a GoFundMe drive on behalf of Matt Stauder, an IU football student manager who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Stauder began cancer treatments in May and finished his 12 sessions earlier this month.

As of Wednesday, Brookins’ page has raised more than $31,000 in donations for Stauder and his family.

Brookins has appeared in eight games this season, rushing the ball four times for 15 yards.

The Wuerffel Trophy, now in its 14th year, is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Danny Wuerffel, from the University of Florida. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 1, followed by a decision on finalistson Nov. 19.