Syracuse Orange center Jason Emerich is having himself a preseason.
Last week, Emerich was named to the 2016 Rimington Trophy Watch List, the award given annually to the nation's best center.
Wednesday, the redshirt senior added two more accolades to his preseason resume. Emerich was named a nominee for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and was named to the preseason watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy. Both awards honor athletes' achievement in the combined fields of athletics, academics and community service.
This year marks the 25 anniversary of the Good Works Team, which is presented by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). Emerich was one of 165 nominees named on Wednesday. This award recognizes college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism. The student-athletes nominated for this award are able to balance academics and athletics while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities.
The Wuerffel Trophy, named in honor of former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, is presented annually by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fl. (Wuerffel's hometown) to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. It is the only major college football award that places the majority of its voting emphasis on community service. Emerich is one of a record 88 FBS players on this year's watch list, including 15 from the ACC to lead all conferences.
Emerich is president of the SU chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which is a nonprofit organization made up of a national network of chapters dedicated to inspiring the rare disease community through the power of sport. In his role as president, Emerich organized the 2015 "Lift for Life", which raised more than $11,000 for rare disease research. He is also currently coordinating this year's "Lift for Life" event, which will be held next Wednesday, July 20 at Manley Field House.
In addition to his work with Uplifting Athletes, Emerich is a two-time ACC Honor Roll selection and was voted to the 2015 All-ACC Academic Football team. He has also been named to the SU Athletic Director's Honor Roll (min. 3.0 GPA) six times in his career.
The AFCA Good Works Team will announce a final roster of 25 players (to honor its 25 anniversary) in September, while the Wuerffel Trophy winner will be announced at the end of the season, on December 6 at the National Football Foundation's press conference in New York City.
Emerich will be representing the Orange at next week's ACC Kickoff media event in Charlotte, NC.
Syracuse will open the 2016 season at home on Friday, September 2 against Colgate. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.