McDonald recognized by Wuerffel Trophy for community service

Florida State tight end Camren McDonald has been named to his third preseason watch list with the inclusion on Thursday for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented to players who serve and have an impact on society.

McDonald founded a 501(c)3 non-profit, To Rise and Progress, with the goal of changing lives. His non-profit has a regular pizza donation program, hygiene kit giveaways, clothing drives and blanket giveaways, among other efforts. During last year’s shutdown, McDonald became a certified yoga instructor and offers free classes for the community and FSU students. For his efforts in the community, he was Florida State’s 2020 Bill McGrotha Humanitarian Award recipient.

“I’m really trying to dedicate my life to service,” McDonald told the Osceola in early July. “Coach Norvell, the fact that he preaches that in his program, it kind of fits right into who I am. My purpose on Earth is to serve God by serving others, so I want to do that at the highest level of college football. And effectively lead the country in community service hours and get my teammates out there with me so Florida State football can be one of the most represented teams when it comes to community service.” 

McDonald, who was also named a Good Works Team nominee and to the Mackey Award Watch List, has appeared in 33 games with nine starts and made 29 receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns.

The Wuerffel Trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society and inspire greater service in the world. It was established in 2005 and named after Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner and 2013 College Football Hall of Fame inductee.

July 19: McKenzie Milton (Maxwell Award), Amari Gainer (Bednarik Award)

July 20: Milton (Davey O’Brien Award)

July 21: Jashaun Corbin, Lawrance Toafili (Doak Walker Award)

July 23: Camren McDonald (Mackey Award and AFCA Good Works Team)

Monday: Amari Gainer (Butkus Award)

Thursday: Camren McDonald (Danny Wuerffel Award for community service, academics)

Friday: Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player)