The pre-season is filled with announcements of football players landing on watch lists for various trophies and awards. One talented Texas Christian University football player is on the watch list for his strong efforts off the field.
TCU wide receiver Shaun Nixon (junior, Austin, Texas) has been named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.”
The award is named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida. The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
Nixon, who missed last season due to injury, placed second on TCU in 2015 with 47 receptions for 501 yards and a touchdown. He set a TCU bowl record with nine receptions in the Horned Frogs’ 47-41 triple-overtime victory over Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl. He led the Horned Frogs in receiving in four of the final five games of the season. Nixon also had a 29-yard touchdown pass in a win over Texas.
Nixon represented TCU on a May 2017 trip to Panama to work with underprivileged kids. He has a leadership role with S.P.A.R.K. (Strong Players Are Reaching Kids), an organization of TCU student-athletes who serve as mentors to kids in Fort Worth. Nixon has also been a volunteer at HOPE Farm, a leadership program in Fort Worth for at-risk youth.
Nixon has donated his own money to buy taco supplies and make tacos to help feed the homeless. He has also volunteered at Around the Block, part of Kids Matter International, in which he takes families in need shopping and connects with them. He is also a regular speaker at various elementary and middle schools in the Fort Worth area.
Nixon has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, recognizing student-athletes across all levels of college football for their community work, selfless acts, character, leadership and academic standing.