DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior offensive tackle Gabe Brandner has been named to the preseason watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy. The award, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 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.
Brandner, a 6-6, 285-pound Blythewood, S.C., is a preseason All-ACC selection by Lindy’s Sports (3rd team) and Athlon Sports (4th team). In 29 career games (24 starts), Brandner has played 1,923 snaps. In addition to his candidacy for the Wuerffel Trophy, Brandner is Duke’s nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for excellence in community service.
Last fall, Brandner started the first 11 games of the season at left tackle before suffering a season-ending fractured ankle at Pittsburgh. He was part of a Blue Devil offensive line that helped Duke finish the season as one of four ACC schools to complete at least 62 percent of its pass attempts along with a 2:1 TD-to-INT ratio, joining Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.