TAMPA - University of South Florida senior Chaz Hine has been named one of 13 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, a national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement, the Fort Walton Beach All Sports Association announced on Tuesday. This honor comes after Hine was previously named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy as well as a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award.
The award is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans and around the country. A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors, selection committee members and past winners, will vote on the finalists later this month, and the winner will be formally announced on December 6th.
Tabbed "Most Remarkable" out of the USF College of Business' 25 Under 25, Hine graduated Magna Cum Laude from USF's Honors College in May with a degree in business management and is currently working towards an M.B.A. He was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in both 2009 and 2010. Hine also earned a spot on the ESPN Academic All-District 3 team in 2010.
Hine is a founding member of the Student Coalition Against Homelessness and Poverty, a service organization developed by a group of Honors College students. Their purpose is to educate students about the gravity of the situation, absolve stereotypes and link students to volunteer opportunities in the community aimed to help poverty-stricken families and individuals. Hine is also active in Disciples for Life, a student-led campus ministry that fosters relationships between students and Jesus Christ. In addition, he has been involved in visits to the Shriner's Hospital for Children and served as a guest singer for the USF Women's Club general meeting.
A Lithia, Fla. native, Hine has played in 41 career games, starting 33, including all eight this season. After switching from guard to center for his senior campaign, Hine has been a leader of USF's high-powered offense, which ranks 17th nationally in total offense (468.3 ypg), 24th in rushing offense (201.4 ypg) and 36th in scoring offense (32.5 ppg). Originally a walk-on to the football team, Hine used a redshirt year in 2007 before playing in seven games in 2008. He went on to start 12-of-13 games in 2009 and all 13 in 2010.
In addition to his work and in the classroom, community and on the field, Hine has been heavily involved in the arts, serving as the male lead in the musicals "Les Misérables," "Grease," and "Hello, Dolly."