The preseason recognition continues for Trojans wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. This time he’s highlighted for his contributions off the field.
The senior wide receiver was named to the Wuerffel Trophy preseason watch list Thursday afternoon. The award recognizes college football players who best combines exemplary community service with their athletic and academic achievements.
Pittman Jr. has consistently worked in the community with the Trojans outreach program. Through out the spring the senior wide receiver along with a few fellow teammates and head coach Clay Helton was part of a project with Jenesse Center Inc to refurbish an apartment space which is given to families overcoming domestic violence. Last season Pittman Jr. volunteered to help serve hot dinners with Trojan Outreach program and Union Rescue Mission.
Pittman Jr. is one of many USC athletes who personifies what it means to be a Trojan both on and off the field. Through out the spring he’s stepped up to become a leader for a team that’s looking to rebound from a disastrous 5-7 season.
This isn’t the first time the senior has received preseason recognition. Last week Pittman Jr. was named to the Biletnikoff award watch list along with sophomore wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. He was also named First team offense All Pac-12 during PAC-12 Media day Wednesday.
The only Trojan to win the Wuerffel Trophy was quarterback Matt Barkley. The then senior quarterback won the award in 2012 after him and 15 of his teammates traveled to Haiti to help with relief efforts. In 2018 long snapper Jake Olson was a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy.