Denzel Goolsby, Wuerffel Trophy

Kansas State senior safety Denzel Goolsby was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list Thursday.

Denzel Goolsby landed on another preseason watch list Thursday.

Goolsby, a senior safety for Kansas State, was nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy. The award is presented to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

With Goolsby’s nomination Thursday, the Wildcats now have had a player on the Wuerffel Trophy watch list each year since the organization started announcing preseason candidates in 2015. Dante Barnett was a preseason candidate in 2015 and 2016, while Dalton Risner was a candidate in 2017 and a finalist a year ago.

Goolsby already has a bachelor’s degree from K-State in professional strategic selling and is now pursuing his MBA. He’s earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors the last two seasons. He also was a second-team honoree as a redshirt freshman in 2016.

A Wichita native, Goolsby has started the past two seasons. He has 125 tackles in his K-State career to go along with eight passes defended and two interceptions. Goolsby was named the Defensive MVP of K-State’s Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA in December 2017, forcing a fumble and recovering it to set up a short field and the Wildcats’ eventual go-ahead touchdown.

Goolsby also has been involved in many community service projects. Most notably, he has worked with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, an organization he has been involved with since March 2016, pairing with a young girl named Shannon. He works with the elderly population locally visiting the Meadowlark Hills retirement community and also stopping by Avita Senior Living in Wichita.

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