University of New Mexico senior offensive lineman Teton Saltes and New Mexico State senior offensive lineman Sage Doxtater were among a record 114 Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list on Thursday.
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented each February in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Named after the 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Florida, Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world.
Saltes, who was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List for offensive lineman on Tuesday, was honored over the summer as a Lobo Hero for his work on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, working with his native Oglala Lakota tribe to distribute needed supplies to those on his home reservation, which was hit particularly hard. Saltes, a Valley High alumnus, has graduated with a degree in political science and Native American studies, and he will spend his senior season with UNM while enrolled in law school.
Doxtater, a three-year starter, plays an active role in his community, using football to inspire children from his hometown. Hailing from Onieda Nation in southwestern Ontario, he frequently visits the elementary school he attended to speak with students about life outside of the reservation.